Otoplasty

Otoplasty is a surgical process to reshape the ear. A variety of different techniques and approaches may be used to reshape congenital prominence in the ears or to restore damaged ears. Each individual seeking otoplasty is unique both in terms of the appearance of their ears and expectations for results following otoplasty surgery. It is important that you fully discuss your expectations with your plastic surgeon prior to surgery.

While there are several types of ear deformities that can be improved with otoplasty, the most common problem for which patients see otoplasty is the "prominent ear," which protrudes from the side of the head excessively. Prominent ears can be caused by an absence or underdevelopment of the normal fold in the ear or by an excessively deep conchal bowl of the ear. Other anatomic differences, such as constriction or "cupping" of the ear can also contribute to prominence of the ear. These anatomic problems, as well as a variety of others, can be addressed quite effectively with otoplasty.

The otoplasty is performed through an incision on the back of the ear. Through this incision, modification of the ear cartilage and the skin envelope can be performed to position the ear more appropriately in relation to the side of the head and to correct the shape of the ear. After surgery, a soft, bulky head dressing is placed to protect the ears and provide gentle compression to prevent the accumulation of fluid and blood under the skin.

Otoplasty can be performed in both children and adults. We generally offer otoplasty after approximately 4 years of age. Dr. Muzaffar has a great deal of experience evaluating various types of ear deformities and can discuss with you exactly what type of surgery would be appropriate in your particular case."