For many individuals the shape or size of their ears is of great concern. Typically most individuals are concerned more about the prominence of the ears than they are about the overall size. In the development of the ears, there is frequently either a failure of the cartilage to fold properly and/or an excessive amount of cartilage close to the scalp that causes the ear to protrude more than is desired.
Most people with concerns about their ears are individuals who either cannot or do not want to camouflage their ears with hair. But many men wear their hair short and many women want to wear their hair back from time to time. Of course the ears in these instances will be readily apparent and the prominence will be seen. Unlike other congenital deformities, prominence of the ears seems to engender ridicule and many individuals with this deformity vividly remember being teased while growing up. To learn about ear surgery options for adults and children in the Ft. Lauderdale area, please call (954) 526-0066 today.
Timing of Repair
The timing of otoplasty (ear surgery) depends upon the parents' concern about the deformity. Some corrections are performed at about the time the child enters school and prior to the time they will perceive themselves as different or be teased by their peers. Other parents will wait until their child is old enough to ask for the procedure himself. Finally, the last group consists of adults who have typically always been bothered by the appearance of the ears and have finally been able to make a decision to definitively correct them.
The Otoplasty Procedure
Otoplasty is the name given to the procedure designed to correct prominent or deformed ears. Typically it refers to cosmetic correction of prominent or modestly deformed ears. Severe congenital ear deformities are in a class by themselves and will not be discussed here.
Typically the operation is performed either under sedation or general anesthesia. The operation lasts from an hour to an hour and a half depending upon the amount of work necessary to correct the problem.
An incision is made behind the ear, hidden in the fold where the ear meets the scalp. Through this incision the ear cartilage is reshaped with sutures to create the natural folds of the ears and to aid in setting the ear closer to the scalp where it will appear less prominent.
After completion of the cartilage remodeling, the incision is closed with absorbable sutures and a soft protective dressing is placed on the ears to protect the repair.
Postoperative Care and Activity
Discomfort is modest following otoplasty. A headband to help protect the ears in their new position is worn for a short time after the procedure. Light activities are encouraged for the first two weeks following the surgery and then exercise intensity may be increased as tolerated. Immersion in water is not permitted for the first week
Why Choose Dr. Harrell for Otoplasty
Dr. Harrell is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with over 24 years of experience in cosmetic surgery. There is no substitute for experience. In addition, he has an artistic eye and possesses significant technical skill. Added to his relaxed 'bedside manner' and his philosophy of working 'with' patients, this entire combination gives our patients the reassurance that they are getting one of the best surgeons possible and that the likelihood of having a satisfactory outcome is increased significantly.
Dr. Harrell has patients from all over Florida as well as a significant number coming from other states and internationally. Feel free to view the Before and After Photo Gallery results and contact our office for more information or to set up a complimentary consultation.
Our Ft. Lauderdale office can be reached by phone at (954) 526-0066 or through the online form on our appointment; click the button at the bottom of the page for more information about otoplasty.">