Otoplasty is a specific type of ear surgery that reshapes ears that are too large or protrude outward. It is common to perform this surgery in children as young as age 6, and can give both children and adults the confidence to show their face from every angle without anxiety regarding the size or shape of their ears. Oklahoma City plastic surgeon, Dr. Clinton Webster, removes and restores the cartilage within the ear to create natural looking results. He also specializes in cosmetic ear surgery for individuals who have a torn earlobe due to heavy jewelry or trauma.
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"I went for some problem areas on my face and I just wanted to say from the moment I walked in they were so welcoming. The front desk ladies were so sweet. My consultation went so smooth with Ms rebel and Dr Webster. Rebel is amazing she is so personable and easy to talk to. She made me feel so comfortable. My skin is smooth Now! Btw I had a full face c02 laser. Thank you so much to the whole stay of Oklahoma plastic surgeons. I traveled 3 hours to this office and I have not 1 disappointment."- N.P. / Google / Feb 05, 2020
"Dr. Clinton Webster is beyond amazing. He and his staff are very friendly and professional. I referred my friend to also have a tummy tuck after my breast augmentation and she’s more than thrilled with the results as well. Thank you"- L.G. / Google / Feb 02, 2020
"Wonderful staff. Dr. Webster is so kind, great sense of humor and professional too. Explains everything clearly and offers options and choices for any surgical intervention you may need. Highly recommend!"- L.A. / Google / Feb 01, 2020
The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. First, there may be an insufficient amount of ear cartilage to support the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage where the ear canal starts. Both issues will cause the ear to protrude outward. In some cases, the ears may appear too large. Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be addressed and either removed or reshaped. Then, the cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds of the ear so scarring is not an issue.
All otoplasties are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about 2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients will be sent home with their heads wrapped in a compression bandage, which will later be replaced with lighter bandaging. Initially, patients will feel discomfort if they attempt to move their ears. This will subside in a few days. Younger patients will need to be monitored so they do not touch or play with their ears during the healing process.
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Ear Surgery FAQs
The results following an otoplasty procedure are long lasting. However, just like any other cosmetic procedure, aging and gravity may cause increased laxity. This could eventually affect the position of the ears. For the most part, the improvements made with this surgery are still significant.
Children between the ages of 4-6 are considered within the ideal range for this surgery. From an anatomical standpoint, the cartilage is still soft and will be easier to remold and manipulate. From a psychological standpoint, having this surgery before starting elementary school can help avoid teasing and ridicule from classmates.
Both Ear or Just One?
In the majority of cases, both ears are affected. Therefore, surgery is performed on both ears. However, there may sometimes be an abnormality in just one ear. If this is the case, surgery will be performed on the affected ear, which will be made to match the opposing ear.