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Many people are born with ears that are too large or stick out too far from the head, and this can lead to embarrassment and self-consciousness about one’s appearance. Otoplasty is a cosmetic ear surgery that corrects these common problems and other deformities of the ears. Residents of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and nearby areas who want to improve their appearance through cosmetic ear surgery should contact Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom at Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, a board-certified plastic surgeon who provides excellence in otoplasty and other cosmetic procedures.

What Is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty refers to cosmetic ear surgery, a surgical procedure that alters the shape, size, position, or symmetry of the ears. Otoplasty may be used to re-sculpt ears that are disproportionate in size to the rest of the facial features, or to pin back ears that stick out too far.  Otoplasty may also correct structural problems in the ear caused by injury or hereditary conditions.

Benefits Of Otoplasty

Otoplasty is a simple surgical procedure performed on thousands of patients yearly. It delivers permanent enhancement of the ears to create symmetry, balance, and proportion in the facial appearance.  Otoplasty is commonly performed on both adults and children and improves self-esteem and self-confidence by eliminating embarrassment and the bullying that often accompanies large or misshapen ears. Otoplasty patients report that the procedure helps them feel more confident about their appearance.

Who is a Good Candidate for Otoplasty?

Otoplasty may be a viable option for almost anyone in good physical condition who wishes to correct cosmetic issues affecting the ears. Many patients choose otoplasty to pin back ears that stick out too far from their head. Others want to repair ears that appear way too large for their facial features. Otoplasty also corrects other cosmetic issues, such as earlobes that are too large or too small. Otoplasty is so simple and safe that it is one of the very few cosmetic surgeries that is frequently performed on children and teens to alleviate concerns regarding bullying.

At What Age Can Otoplasty Be Performed on Children?

In most children, the shape of the ear is pretty well determined by about age four, and at about seven to eight cartilage in the ear begins to harden. The best age to perform the surgery is around age six or seven, however, the surgery is also commonly performed on older children and teens.

What Does Otoplasty Involve?

Otoplasty is a safe, simple and quick procedure performed on thousands of patients yearly and usually completed in about one hour per ear.  The procedure requires an incision behind the ear, camouflaged in the ear’s natural folds, through which the surgeon carefully and precisely trims the cartilage and skin of the ear.  This cartilage may be trimmed, sculpted or reshaped according to the patient’s aesthetic goals. Internal sutures are used to pin back ears that stick out too far from the head.

How Long Is The Recovery Period After Otoplasty?

Immediately upon completion of the surgery, a surgical gauze will be placed over your ears, which must be left in place for several days and you will be instructed to wear a soft headband to protect your ears while you sleep. We recommend that you allow a week or so to recover from cosmetic ear surgery. It is normal during this period to experience tenderness, swelling and bruising, although these symptoms resolve themselves in a few days. You may resume regular non-strenuous activities within a week; however, we recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise for four to six weeks after the procedure.

How Much Does Otoplasty Cost in Denver?

Otoplasty surgery and its cost varies from patient to patient. In some cases, this procedure may be covered by health insurance; however, to cover expenses not covered by your health insurance, our office provides easy financing and flexible payment methods.

If cosmetic issues affecting the appearance of the ears are causing dissatisfaction in you or your child, come to Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester. Led by Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom, our state-of-the-art medical facility provides excellence in otoplasty and other cosmetic procedures for residents of Shrewsbury and surrounding communities in Massachusetts. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.