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 both the patient and the doctor. The results 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. Plus, an otoplasty 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 the name given to the procedure used to “pin back” or reposition protruding ears. Often, otoplasty is also referred to as ear pinning or simply ear surgery. Protruding ears can cause deeper emotional scarring than is generally realized by even the parents or friends of individuals who have this issue. 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 Faces First 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 preferably done before school age, before the age of six. This helps to avoid classroom teasing regarding protruding ears. Because the ears have generally finished developing and have reached (or nearly reached) their adult size by around age four, it is considered safe for young children to undergo otoplasty. However, otoplasty can be done at any time, even in adulthood.
In younger children, general anesthesia is given to complete the otoplasty; adults typically receive twilight sedation unless they are pairing their otoplasty with another type of plastic surgery. There is virtually little pain after surgery. 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 children or adults in Denver, CO who have ears that protrude are good candidates for ear surgery. Often, patients may feel that their ears are simply too large, but are satisfied with their appearance after the “ear pinning” surgery and do not require a change in size at all.
Before otoplasty, 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, a board-certified plastic surgeon will evaluate your health and examine your ears to determine if otoplasty is a suitable procedure for you.
What to Expect from 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, external incisions are used to close all incisions. Your plastic surgeon will take care to avoid distorting the shape of the ears with these sutures to maintain a natural shape vs. an unnatural “pinned back” look. 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 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 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.