Ear Reshaping (also called Otoplasty) is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures available. People with protruding or enlarged ears are often the victims teasing and ridicule at a young age, which can negatively result in a person’s esteem and emotional well being. An aesthetic correction of this characteristic is often the preferred solution for people with this condition. Toronto Otoplasty surgeon Dr. Daniel Martin guides his patients through the process of determining the most fitting surgical procedures for their needs. Dr. Martin’s expertise will result in a more desirable look for your ears and aesthetic appearance.
The purpose of a Toronto Otoplasty procedure is to set protruding ears closer to the head. Otoplasty also reduces the size of larger ears and can be used to reshape irregular ears. This is achieved through reshaping the ear cartilage to gain a natural and well-balanced look. This surgery becomes an option once the ears have achieved full size, around the age of six years old. The great benefit of performing otoplasty surgery at an earlier age is that it may prevent years of emotional distress from the unfortunate, but all too common, cruelty of children and teenagers.
Toronto Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Daniel Martin, takes special care in executing cosmetic ear procedures that achieve success on both a functional and aesthetic level while obtaining an attractive and balanced outcome for his clients.
This cosmetic ear procedure is most often performed in Dr. Martin’s office or occasionally in a hospital. A local anesthetic is used, numbing the region around the ears. If the situation determines it, general anesthesia can also be used, which allows the patient to remain unconscious during the operation. The length of the operation can vary from patient to patient, but it generally takes about two hours to complete.
There are three types of Otoplasty procedures.
Ear-Pinning- This surgery reduces the protrusion of the outer ear through an incision behind the ear. Excess skin is temporarily removed, the ear is repositioned, and the portion of the skin is reintroduced.
Ear Reduction- This is the complete solution for enlarged and protruding ears, and involves several cosmetic adjustments.
Ear Augmenting- In some cases, the outer ear, or Pinna, is underdeveloped or entirely absent. When this situation is present, Dr. Daniel Martin will conduct a thorough consultation and would add structure to these areas via cartilage tissue grafts.
Is a Toronto Ear Reshaping procedure a good fit for me?
Ear reshaping surgery is a good fit for anyone with protruding Pinna or reduced or absent ear cartilage. If you suffer one or more of these conditions and are in good health, this procedure is likely a good fit for you.
Are my Toronto Otoplasty expectations reasonable?
This is one of the most common procedures performed by surgeons. Dr. Daniel Martin will reshape your ear to best serve the aesthetics of your face. “Perfect” ears are not the goal here. The goal is to reshape the ears to create the best look for you. Dr. Martin will explain what you can expect from the procedure after the consult and examination.
How long does it take to recover?
After Dr. Martin completes the necessary surgery/surgeries, patients must wear a non-compressive dressing over the ears in which the procedure was performed. Excessive pressure to the ear must be avoided during this time in order to prevent swelling and pain. Once the dressing is removed, a loose headband is worn by the patient for 4-6 weeks when sleeping.