For adults or children whose ears droop too low, are not symmetrical or noticeably protrude, ear appearance can have a major impact on confidence levels. Ear surgery (otoplasty) can improve the shape, size and position of the ears to give you a more balanced look as well as a boost in your self-image.
Contact us online or call one of our cosmetic centers, conveniently located in Noblesville, Indianapolis and Marion, to learn more about your options for cosmetic ear surgery. Our team of surgeons has helped thousands of men, women and children throughout the state of Indiana feel better about their ear appearance with the help of otoplasty.
About Ear Surgery
If you’re unhappy with the way your ears look, or you’re concerned about the appearance of your child’s ears, you have the option of choosing ear surgery. This straightforward procedure can reshape the ears, reduce the size of the ears or reset projecting ears to ensure they lie closer to your head.
When you book your initial consultation with a member of our cosmetic surgery team, you’ll have the opportunity to outline your hopes for the procedure. After assessing your needs and performing a physical evaluation, your cosmetic surgeon will work with you to develop a treatment plan to help you meet your appearance goals.
Your Ear Surgery Procedure
We offer two different options for cosmetic ear surgery:
Also known as ear pinning, otoplasty can be used to either reduce the size of the ears or put the ears back so they are set closer to the head. Otoplasty can improve the shape, size and orientation of the ears, and may also include earlobe reduction surgery to remove and re-contour excess cartilage and skin.
The majority of the time, otoplasty is an outpatient procedure and only local anesthesia is required. An incision is made behind the ear to expose the cartilage, which is then reshaped before removing any excess skin. If required, the ear can be repositioned closer to the head at the same time. The entire ear pinning procedure takes 2 to 3 hours in most cases.
Earlobe repair surgery may be necessary after a tear in a pierced earlobe, or to restore integrity to previously gauged earlobes. Repair of a torn earlobe is a relatively quick procedure that can be performed in approximately 10 minutes in our office using local anesthetic. However, gauge repair can take up to an hour.
During earlobe repair surgery, the edges of the tear are removed, and the new edges are repositioned evenly and allowed to heal in place. Any remaining unevenness in earlobe contours may be further improved with the help of injectable fillers.
Your Recovery & Results
After otoplasty, a dressing will be applied to keep your ears in place initially. While you may need to wear a protective headband for up to 2 weeks to promote proper healing of the ear, some people only need to wear it for a few days. In most instances, you can return to your regular activities about a week after ear pinning surgery.
In the case of earlobe repair, sutures may need to be removed a week after surgery. You should not have your earlobes re-pierced until the scar is soft, which may take up to 3 months. Do not wear earrings for a further 3 months after they have been re-pierced.
Although you should see an immediate improvement after either type of ear surgery, you can expect your results to develop more fully over the several weeks following your procedure.
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