For those with protruding ears, they may seek a consultation for an otoplasty to help with the placement or shape of their ears. Like other cosmetic procedures, an otoplasty can indeed be transforming by freeing both children and adults from what was once considered a personal frustration.
The best individual to perform this procedure is a board certified plastic surgeon. Compared to other plastic surgeries, an otoplasty requires artistic skill and precise surgical talent.
On the surgical roster for an otoplasty are both children and adults.
For newborns, there is a small window of opportunity to correct particular ear deformities because the cartilage is considered more flexible and no surgery is required. As the days pass, however, this cartilage becomes less pliable and workable. After this time, there is a span of typically five years in where surgical intervention must be delayed.
Generally, children become surgical candidates when they turn five years of age.
For adults, however, variables to consider include the ears’ position, shape and size. While an otoplasty is considered a plastic surgery procedure, many view the surgical skill sets as reconstructive.
During a consultation, patients are encouraged to ask their potential board certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in otoplasty to present available pictures showing their satisfied patients in preoperative and postoperative photos. These photographs will give the prospective patient a better idea of what can be done to improve their own ears. The surgeon will also explain the recovery process so the patient will know what to expect when the procedure is completed.
A critical piece of information is that, while an otoplasty will correct the outer appearance of the ears, the procedure will not be able to correct any problems with the patient’s hearing due to deformities of the middle or inner ear. Finding a plastic surgeon experienced in resetting ears with notable success is a highly recommended.