Otoplasty or Ear Reshaping is a particularly gratifying procedure. Perhaps popularized by the Walt Disney Classic “Dumbo”-large protruding ears have been the source of ridicule for many a child with large protruding ears.
“Oto” means ear in Greek, and “Plasty” means to shape or mold. So in otoplasty surgery, the plastic surgeon makes incisions behind the ear to pull the ear back into position.
There are numerous techniques for this surgery-some aggressive in which the cartilage itself is cut and contoured. At the Mandell-Brown Plastic Surgery Center, we rely on conservative techniques that change the shape of the ear in a natural way.
We usually recommend the surgery before the child enters the first grade. Up until this point, children do not seem to make an issue of appearance. When they start attending elementary school, some of the older students on the bus or at school may start poking fun at the prominent “Dumbo” ears.
A child recently told us “Now I can be free!” after otoplasty plastic surgery.
Alternatively, many adults have ear surgery. They respond that “it is something they always felt self-conscious about, but didn’t have the means to afford the surgery.”
Young or old, the ear shaping surgery can make a significant difference in how individuals view themselves.
For those with asymmetric ears, perfect symmetry is difficult to achieve. This can be discussed during your consultation. Computer imaging definitely has an important role to help decide whether surgery is for you.