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Our team of plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery offers otoplasties to individuals who wish to alter the size and/or shape of their ears. Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery or ear pinning, is a surgical procedure performed on children and adults to recontour protruding ears.
Adults can have the procedure done at any age, and parents usually choose to have the procedure on children around 5 or 6 when teasing happens and before grade school. If ears are found to be prominent during early infancy, the cartilage may still be moldable enough to recontour the ear using special splints that are worn around the clock from birth until the ear is reshaped to an acceptable place. The result of otoplasty is a more symmetrical profile that complements the rest of the face and removes a large or prominent ear from the equation. Call our Reston, VA office to schedule a consult to learn how this procedure can help you.
A personalized otoplasty designed by our expert team of surgeons can help you or your child achieve the comfort and confidence you want with benefits including:
The best candidates for ear reconstruction surgery:
With an otoplasty Reston patients will have this performed as an outpatient procedure that can be performed under local or general anesthesia. Incisions are made behind the ear to access the cartilage. Cartilage can then be manipulated through removal, reshaping, and reforming to repair the ears for an improved, symmetrical look. Excess skin from the ear can also be removed if needed. Ear surgery is commonly used to pin back protruding ears, repair earlobes, and over reshape an ear to achieve facial balance and natural-looking results. The length of the surgery depends on the technique and the condition of the patient's ears, but is generally around 1 hour per ear.
Following an otoplasty, the ears will be dressed to provide protection from accidentally hitting them overnight. The dressings are removed the next day and ears examined.
A headband may be recommended to wear while sleeping for several weeks afterward. Pain and discomfort is managed with oral pain medications, and swelling and bruising is largely improved by one week with final results expected by 3 months. For our patients in Reston otoplasty results are long standing and should provide years of positive benefits for patients.
Anxiety about your ears as an adult or harassment at school for children can have profound effects on self-esteem and self-image. Ear surgery can vastly improve a patient’s appearance and confidence. To learn more about transforming your or your child’s ears, give us a call today to schedule a consultation.
You may be back to work and other activities sooner than you think after otoplasty surgery.
Keep your ears protected after otoplasty with these helpful ear pinning aftercare tips, including how you may need to adjust your sleeping position.
If you are unhappy with the size, shape, or other characteristics of your ears, otoplasty may be the life-changing solution you've been searching for.
Our four plastic surgeons have over 100 years of combined experience & work together in our dedicated, luxurious center providing combined knowledge on all procedures. Schedule your consultation today to learn how our surgeons can guide you on your journey to aesthetic harmony.