Cosmetic ear surgery can correct common aesthetic imperfections including:
- Disproportionately large ears (a condition also known as macrotia)
- Protruding ears
- Folds at the tops of the ears (also referred to as lop ear)
- Disproportionately small or cupped ears
- Missing creases and folds on the ears’ outer rims (also known as shell ear)
- Elongated earlobes
In addition to the physical benefits of an otoplasty, many patients experience renewed self-confidence following ear surgery.
The Otoplasty Procedure
Every otoplasty procedure is different and is customized based on each patient’s unique needs and facial features for natural-looking results. That said, ear surgery is typically an outpatient treatment that entails reforming the ears’ cartilage for a uniform appearance.
Often, small incisions are made along the backs of the ears, which provides access to the cartilage and conceals the residual scars. The cartilage is then reshaped, with the newly sculpted form held in place by tiny sutures.
Otoplasty Results and Recovery
The results of cosmetic ear surgery are immediate, although you may not be able to see them for a few days as dressings are typically required to protect the ears and support their new shape. Any lingering scars are well hidden in the creases of the ears and will fade with time. Subtle refinements to the ears’ appearance will continue as they heal.
Most otoplasty patients, including young children, can resume routine activities within a week of the procedure. Patients should avoid intense play and contact sports until cleared for increased physical activity by Dr. Smith, who will provide you with comprehensive recovery guidelines prior to your surgery. The entire team at Smith Cosmetic Surgery will be here to support you through every step of the recovery process.
For additional information about the otoplasty procedure or to arrange your personal consultation, please contact Smith Cosmetic Surgery. A nationally recognized facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Smith welcomes patients from the Denver metro area and across the country.