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.
"Dr. Webster and his staff are warm, friendly professionals who not only seem knowledgeable about their practice but who also seem to take a personal interest in each one of their patients."- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 02, 2016
"Great staff!! Dr Webster is caring and listens to all your concerns"- F.T. / Facebook / Nov 14, 2019
"The staff is very friendly, and caring. Rebel and Dr. Webster make you feel they care, and that you’re important. They listen to what your goals and expectations and follow through! I would HIGHLY recommend!!"- J.F. / Facebook / Sep 18, 2019
"I was beyond impressed with my experience at Dr. Webster's office. I was completely blown away by how helpful and kind Dr. Webster, Rebel and the rest of the staff were. Everyone made me feel so comfortable and was very knowledgeable. I highly recommend them to everyone. They are the best!"- P.G. / Google / Jun 06, 2019
"Had such a wonderful experience at this office!! I wanted a breast augmentation, mini tummy tuck, & a BBL. All the staff, nurses, anesthesiologist, and Dr. Webster were so nice and made me so comfortable at their office. Definitely would recommend them 👍 ❤️ I know it’s different for everyone. But I am post op 4 days from my surgery and honestly I feel great."- M.Q. / Google / Mar 27, 2019
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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- From $3,500
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.