Otoplasty is the name given to the procedure used to "pin back" or reposition protruding ears.
This deformity causes deeper emotional scarring than is generally realized by even the parents or friends of individuals who have this deformity. Because the visual and psychological improvement following the operation is usually dramatic, it is often very rewarding to the patient and the doctor.
In children the surgery is preferably done preschool, that is before the age of 6, to avoid classroom teasing, but it can be done any time later, even in adulthood. In younger children a general anesthetic is given ("twilight" anesthesia in adults); and the patient is usually discharged from the surgery center thereafter. There is virtually little pain after this type of surgery. In adults, otoplasty may be performed on an outpatient basis at our Denver or Lone Tree office or the hospital.
The thin scars resulting from the incisions are located behind each ear and are automatically hidden by them. It is rare for these scars to hypertrophy or to become unsightly. A turban-type bandage is worn about the head to cover the ears after surgery. After this is removed, the patient wears a cap or headband pulled down over the ears while sleeping to protect them for another two weeks. Most patients may return to work or school in 3-5 days following surgery.
If you have questions regarding our Otoplasty procedure or would like to set up a consultation to speak with Faces First of Denver or Lone Tree call us today:
Denver 303.744.2300 or Lone Tree 303.708.8787