Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
Ear surgery is a cosmetic facial procedure that changes the shape, position, or size of the ears. Also known as otoplasty or ear pinning, this surgery is an excellent option for nearly anyone who feels dissatisfied with the appearance of their ears.
Schedule a complimentary consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stan Castor at 813-971-2000 to learn if ear surgery is right for you or your child. Artisan Aesthetics Plastic Surgery & Laser Center serves Tampa Bay and other areas of Florida.
Reasons to Consider Otoplasty
Aesthetic ear issues can damage self-esteem. Fortunately, otoplasty is a straightforward and predictable procedure that can address concerns such as:
- A congenital ear deformity
- Trauma-related changes to ear structure
- Overly large ears, or macrotia
- Protruding ears
- Ear asymmetry
- Unsatisfactory results from a previous ear procedure
Otoplasty improves the harmony between the ears and other facial features, which can have a significant impact on your overall appearance. The surgery is often performed on young children who experience hardships such as bullying or emotional distress due to protruding or large ears. Otoplasty is also popular with adults looking to improve the appearance of their ears.
Ear Pinning Candidates
Ideal candidates for ear surgery are in good overall health, do not smoke, and can follow aftercare instructions. Other candidacy criteria must be evaluated in-person by Dr. Castor.
Otoplasty does not have the age requirements associated with many other cosmetic procedures. Children can undergo the surgery as soon as their cartilage is sufficiently stable, which happens around the age of five.
The Otoplasty Procedure
Otoplasty is a low-risk procedure performed at our onsite state-accredited office surgical suite. As an outpatient surgery, it does not require an overnight stay. During your consultation, Dr. Castor will discuss your anesthesia options and ensure you know what to expect on the day of surgery.
Your otoplasty will begin with an incision concealed inside or behind your ear. Then, Dr. Castor will remove excess tissue, contour the cartilage, and create missing natural folds as appropriate before closing the incision. The exact techniques used during the procedure depend on your unique ear anatomy and the degree of correction needed.
Ear Surgery Recovery and Results
Otoplasty recovery is a relatively quick process involving minimal discomfort. Dr. Castor will provide specific aftercare instructions, including activity restrictions. Following these instructions is key to the success of your procedure.
Most people can return to work and resume normal activities within one to two weeks. Children often miss a week of school to recover from this surgery.
Your ear surgery results will be visible after the protective dressings are removed. At this time, your ears may have residual swelling or redness that will fade. You can expect your flattering new ear shape and position to last a lifetime with minimal aesthetic changes.
Schedule Your Tampa Bay Ear Surgery Consultation
If you are considering otoplasty for yourself or your child, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stan Castor today at 813-971-2000. Artisan Aesthetics Plastic Surgery & Laser Center serves Tampa Bay and other areas of Florida.