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Otoplasty

Do large, prominent ears prevent you from having the confidence you desire? Do you fear that your child’s sizable and conspicuous ears will cause them to face ridicule from their peers? No matter your age, unbalanced ears can extensively affect your self-esteem. Dr. Diamond performs otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, to sculpt and downsize prominent ears to restore a more balanced facial appearance.

Achieved With Ear Surgery

Balanced Facial Features

Overly large ears can cause your facial features to appear unbalanced.

The rest of your face may appear smaller compared to your ears. For many, their ears are larger than average or conspicuously protruding. Ear pinning techniques safely and effectively correct the size and visibility of the ears.

In some cases, the ears aren’t uniformly large. Unilateral ear enlargement can be corrected through otoplasty, restoring a balanced appearance to the ears themselves.

Customized Results

Dr. Diamond specifically tailors each otoplasty to the patient, ensuring custom results that highlight your facial appearance.

Multiple otoplasty techniques are available, ranging from ear pinning to cartilage reshaping. During your consultation, Dr. Diamond will advise you on the least invasive procedure that will provide maximum results for your unique needs.

Self-Esteem

While the aesthetic goal of otoplasty is to downsize the ears, the ultimate goal is the emotional relief otoplasty can provide.

Whether you are an adult whose ears have been a source of anxiety or a parent who fears that their child will face ridicule from their peers, otoplasty can achieve the results you desire. Reshaping the ears can help restore self-esteem in adults and preserve it in children. Feeling confident and comfortable with your ears can lead to overall satisfaction with your appearance.

Addressing Any Concerns You May Have

Recovery

You may experience some bruising and swelling around the ears following your surgery.

You should rest with your head elevated to prevent excess swelling from occurring and limit your physical activity for a week following your procedure. Most patients return to work within five to seven days. After two weeks, most swelling should subside and your final results will be visible.

Scars

Dr. Diamond creates all incisions in the crease behind the ear.

This masks the visibility of any scarring that may develop.

Cost

The exact cost of your otoplasty will be determined during your consultation.

Each patient has a unique set of needs that can affect the technique and extent of correction needed. Surgical, anesthesia, and hospital fees will all affect the cost of your procedure.

Pain

Otoplasty is often performed under local anesthesia.

However, some children may benefit from having their procedure performed under general anesthesia. The surgery itself is painless. Mild discomfort may occur during your recovery and can be controlled using oral pain medication.

Frequently Asked Questions About Otoplasty

A: Otoplasty can be performed on children with fully developed ears, which usually occurs around five to six years of age.
A: As long as otoplasty is performed on patients whose ears are fully developed, their results will last a lifetime. Otoplasty permanently corrects protruding ears, but if it is performed on patients whose ears are still growing, the quality of the results can be affected as the ears continue to develop.
A: Otoplasty only corrects aesthetic abnormalities of the ears. Prominent ears are not usually associated with functional problems. You will need to consult with an audiologist is you have functional problems with your ears.
A: Physical changes in the ears often occur naturally during the first six months after birth. After that time, if a physical abnormality exists, it may require some form of surgical intervention to correct.