Otoplasty (Ear Reshaping) at Nashville Cosmetic Surgery
Many people are bothered by prominent, poorly shaped, or over-projecting ears. People who are unhappy with poorly shaped or over-projecting ears may be good candidates for ear reshaping surgery (otoplasty). Ear reshaping can be an excellent option for young children (as early as six or seven years of age), older children, teenagers, and adults. Dr. Griffin will gladly meet with you to discuss whether you or your child is a good candidate for ear reshaping surgery.
There are two main types of deformities that cause the ears stick out too far from the head. In one type, the ear can be missing the outer cartilage fold called the antihelix, creating an ear with no curvature to the outer edge. In the other type, the cartilage of the bowl of the ear sticks out too far from the skull. One or both of these conditions can be present in either one or both ears. There are other less common deformities of the ear that can also be corrected with otoplasty.
In an otoplasty procedure, the outer cartilage fold is recreated with sutures and the prominent bowl cartilage is trimmed or set back to pull the ear closer to the head. The incision is located behind the ear and is barely visible once the ear is set back and the incision heals.
What can Otoplasty do for you?
- Set protruding ears closer to the head
- Correct poorly defined ear folds
- Balance asymmetrical ears
- Improve overall facial aesthetics
What Should You Expect?
Otoplasty as performed by Dr. Griffin in Nashville, Tennessee is an outpatient procedure that takes between one to two hours. It is usually done under general anesthesia, but sedation or local anesthesia can be used. The head is wrapped to protect the ear for one week, and then a headband is used while sleeping for three weeks. The skin sutures are absorbable.
You will have to avoid any activity that might pull on the ear, such as side sleeping, wrestling or roughhousing, for one to two months: this is to prevent the sutures used to recreate the cartilage fold from pulling out.