Your facial features are usually the first things people notice when you introduce yourself to them. While some people may be insecure about visible signs of aging and try to hide them with makeup or cosmetic treatments, many individuals feel embarrassed about the appearance of their ears. Sometimes, the ears can appear poorly shaped or have bothersome structural defects due to congenital conditions. Ear deformities can also result from damage or injury. Whether you struggle with large, protruding, or misshapen ears, otoplasty (ear surgery) can help. This procedure addresses any ear abnormalities to provide you with symmetrical, attractively shaped ears that complement your facial structure.
Ear Surgery Can Create…
Smaller, Flatter Ears
Patients may undergo otoplasty for several reasons. One of the most common reasons is to minimize the size or protrusion of their large ears. Oversized ears often cause embarrassment and ridicule, especially for young children. Otoplasty can address overly large and protruding ears by making them smaller and positioning them closer to the head.
Improved Facial Symmetry
Disproportionate facial features such as the ears can become a focal point and cause the face to appear unbalanced. Otoplasty can improve facial harmony by manipulating the ear cartilage so that your ears look natural and attractive. Your results will enhance your overall facial aesthetic and attract more attention to your eyes, smile, and face as a whole.
A Natural Appearance
Congenital deformities (such as lop ear or shell ear), as well as irregularities caused by blunt trauma, can be a source of embarrassment. Patients who wear heavy earrings or other ear accessories can also experience irreparable stretching of the earlobe tissue. Overstretching or damage to the ears can leave them looking unnatural, which can become a distraction from your other facial features or draw unwanted stares from people. Ear surgery can improve the appearance of misshapen ears by restoring them to a natural-looking state.
The Ear Surgery Procedure
During otoplasty, an incision is created in the back of the ears, and excess cartilage is removed. Once the ears have been repositioned, the incision is closed with removable sutures, and a surgical headdress is placed around the treated area. By improving the size, shape, and protrusion of the ears, you can feel more comfortable and confident about your new appearance.
Visit our otoplasty photo gallery to see before and after photos of some of Dr. Wald’s ear surgery patients.
To learn more about otoplasty, contact our office by calling (714) 312-3549.