Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
NEAMAN PLASTIC SURGERY | SALEM, CORVALLIS, EUGENE, + PORTLAND, OREGON
An otoplasty is a surgical procedure, which alters the protion, protrusion and position of the ear used to correct disproportion ears
Which conditions can be corrected?
- Lop ear: The top of the ear folds down
- Shell ear: The natural creases and folds of the outer rim of the ear are missing
- Cupped ear: The ear is disproportionately small
- Stretched earlobes
Each problem is treated differently based on the underlying anatomically issue that is being addressed. In general each procedure takes 2-3 hours and is performed as an outpatient surgical procedure.
Oftentimes a small incision will be made along the back of the ear. This allow for exposure of the underlying cartilage. The cartilage will then be manipulated with a variety of techniques including placement of non-absorbable sutures to help shape and sculpt the ear.
After surgery your head will be wrapped for the first few days. This will be then replaced with a lighter dressing. Children will often return to school about a week later but must be careful to avoid any contact sports or aggressive play for 6-8 weeks.