Ears & Ear Lobes

Otoplasty describes surgical modification of the ear tissue, including cartilage and skin. Ear prominence, asymmetry, and shape are the most common reasons patients seek otoplasty. Ear surgery provides results that are immediate and permanent.

Am I a good candidate?

Your ears are fully developed by age seven, making both children and adults great otoplasty candidates. This procedure is a quick way to eliminate negative stigmas and regain confidence. During consultation, Dr. Beaty will show you an attainable degree of correction with our computer imaging software.

Surgical Process:
Otoplasty surgery corrects three main deformities, which may be present independently or in combination. People are often born without a fold in the top of their ear called the antihelix. A misshapen conchal bowl causes ears to protrude. An excessively long or blunt lobule may also contribute to disproportion. Each of these can be repaired with otoplasty.
Dr. Beaty will make incisions behind your ear, to be naturally hidden in your ear crease. He will then remove excess skin, sculpt cartilage for size reduction, and reposition your ears closer to your head. Surgery typically takes one to two hours.
Healing Process:
After ear surgery a bandage will be placed around your head to protect your ears and securely keep them in place. When this is removed, we may provide a stretchy headband or stocking cap to wear for a few weeks, especially at night.
Recovery may be uncomfortable for a day or two after surgery. The discomfort is easily controlled with mild pain medication. School and work may be resumed after a week.
Before Surgery Care:
No special considerations.
After Surgery Care:
Take prescribed pain medication to keep comfortable during recovery. Also, sleep on your back at night to avoid pressure on your ears. Once you resume normal activity, be mindful of your ears in sports settings. Few risks are involved in otoplasty, making it an easy recovery with simple post-operative steps.