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Otoplasty surgery is done to correct the appearance of the ears, especially in the case of overly prominent ears that stick out too far from the head. Usually, this problem is present from birth and can impact self-confidence later in life. Dr. Revenaugh and Dr. Smith commonly treat other ear issues including split earlobe and microtia.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for an otoplasty?
Good candidates for otoplasty are patients with prominent ears that may stick out farther than they would like or ears that lack certain folds. Of course, good candidates have a desire to change these features, which can be important to consider in children. Dr. Revenaugh and Dr. Smith can help you decide if the procedure is right for you.
At what age can children have an otoplasty procedure?
It depends somewhat on the size of the ear, but generally after the age of 6 years an otoplasty is safe. In newborns, the ear cartilage is still somewhat soft, and ear shaping can be done without surgery.
Will there be any stitches or bandages after my procedures? If so, for how long?
There are usually stitches hidden behind the ear which need to be removed after 1 week. Dissolving stitches can be used in certain cases.
Will this procedure impact my hearing in any way?
Otoplasty does not affect the hearing.
Can I see before surgery what the changes may look like?
Yes. At Rush Facial Plastics we have morphing software that allows you to see a simulated outcome of otoplasty on your ears.