Do you feel self-conscious about your ears? At FacesFirst, our goal is to transform your idea of what you look like and give you self-confidence no matter the situation.
An otoplasty, a procedure used to “pin back” or reposition protruding ears, is one of our most rewarding surgeries for patients in Denver and Lone Tree. The results of this minimally invasive surgery can dramatically enhance the look of your face as well as your self-esteem.
If you want to feel confident in your appearance, call our Denver plastic surgery office today at 303-744-2300. Our experienced surgeons will talk through your options and address any of your concerns. Otoplasties can be performed at either of our Lone Tree or Denver, CO locations, which makes the procedure that much more convenient for patients.
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What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to accomplish a variety of aesthetic goals. Often, otoplasty is also referred to as ear pinning or simply ear surgery. Characteristics like overly protruding ears, large ears, or misshapen ears can cause emotional distress in both children and adults. Because the visual and psychological improvement following the operation is usually dramatic, it is one of the most rewarding procedures for both the patient and our surgeons. For this reason, the board-certified plastic surgeons at FacesFirst are proud to offer quality, effective Denver ear surgery for both children and adult patients.
Otoplasty for Children and Adults
In children, ear surgery is not able to be performed until the ears are fully developed, which usually happens around five years of age. Prior to this age, the only other option for reshaping the ears is shortly after birth with EarWell ear molding treatment. Once the ears have developed, otoplasty can be done at any time, even in adulthood.
In younger children, general anesthesia is given to complete the otoplasty. Adults who are comfortable with it and don’t require extensive techniques typically receive twilight sedation unless they are pairing their otoplasty with another type of plastic surgery. There is little pain after surgery and the recovery takes about a week before going back to school or work. In adults, an otoplasty may be performed on an outpatient basis at our Denver or Lone Tree office or at the hospital.
Who is a Candidate for Otoplasty?
Most people over the age of five who have ears that protrude or other ear shape or size concerns are good candidates for ear surgery. Patients should also be in overall good health and have realistic expectations for the surgery. During a consultation at our Denver or Lone Tree office, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will evaluate your health and examine your ears to determine if otoplasty is a suitable procedure for you.
The Otoplasty Procedure
First, otoplasty patients are administered general anesthesia or twilight sedation depending on the advice of their plastic surgeon. Incisions are then made directly behind the ear in the crease where the ear meets the head or the back side of the ear. Excess cartilage and other tissue may be removed to revise the ear’s projection and move it closer to the head. When your board-certified plastic surgeon is satisfied with the position and size of the ear, internal sutures are used to keep the cartilage in its new position. Following these steps, incisions are closed with sutures. The entire ear surgery procedure is completed relatively quickly and simply.
Recovery After Otoplasty
To protect patients directly after otoplasty surgery, a bandage is worn around the head to cover the ears. Once this is removed, the patient should wear a headband or hat pulled down over their ears while sleeping to protect them for another two weeks. Most patients may return to work or school in 5-7 days following their plastic surgery. With an otoplasty procedure, the thin scars resulting from the incisions are located behind each ear and are automatically hidden by them. It is rare that anyone will notice these scars.
Schedule a Consultation
The first step in any otoplasty procedure is to schedule a consultation with a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon. To schedule a consultation for your ear surgery in Denver or Lone Tree, call our offices or request your appointment online.