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Ear Surgery

Ear surgery, or Otoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the ear. People with protruding or enlarged ears may be self-conscious about the appearance of their ears, and sometimes are teased as children. Often patients have improved self-confidence following otoplasty. Dr. Martin’s experience allows him to achieve a natural, improved appearance of the ear.

What Can Be Done?

The most common patient concern is that their ears protrude too far from their head. Setback otoplasty improves protruding ears. This is achieved by reshaping the ear cartilage to hold the ear closer to the head. Sometimes the earlobe shape and position is a concern and this can also be improved with surgery. Surgery can be performed in children after the age of 6, once the ears have achieved full size, and in adults. Dr. Martin takes special care in executing cosmetic ear procedures so that he achieves an attractive, pleasing look for his patients.

How is Otoplasty Performed?

Otoplasty is performed in the operating room with patients asleep under general anesthetic. Some adults choose to have the procedure performed awake under local anesthetic. An incision is made behind the ear to expose the cartilage. Sutures are then used to create a fold in the cartilage and set the ear back towards the head. The wound is then closed and a dressing applied.

Post-Operative Care

Patients go home the same day of surgery. Pain medication is given although most patients do not experience much pain after surgery. The dressing is removed several days later. A headband is worn for several weeks after surgery to protect the ears. There are several post-operative visits with Dr. Martin to be sure that the wounds heal well.