Otoplasty describes the surgical flattening of ears that stick out noticeably far from the face. Otoplasty is one of few plastic surgeries that can be performed on children, usually grade-school age. During the treatment, Dr. Gregory T. Mesna makes an incision behind the crease of the ear, and adjusts the cartilage and skin of the ear so it lays flat against the head.
Otoplasty is a procedure that we oftentimes use for patients whose ears
stick out too far from their heads. The procedure is oftentimes used to
bring the ears back in closer to the head. It is a procedure that we
perform for both men and women of all ages. If patients have children with
ears that stick out too far, often, we recommend fixing the ears when they
enter grade school and start to become more self-conscious of their
The otoplasty procedure is performed from the approach typically behind the
ear so the incision's well-hidden in the crease of the fold behind the ear.
The procedure oftentimes changes the cartilage in the ear to help the ear
so that it doesn't stick out so far from the head.
Factors to consider for patients considering otoplasty are typically the
age of the patient, the development of the ear, the abnormalities that we
see in the ear, and the expectations that the patient has in terms of what
their ear can look like after the surgery.
The surgery itself normally takes 1 to 2 hours, depending on how many
changes we're making for the ear. Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is usually
performed as an outpatient procedure where patients can go home the same
day. After the surgery, we have patients avoid strenuous activities and try
to avoid contact sports or any sport where they need a helmet that goes on
and off their head after the surgery.
There is more information for this and other procedures throughout our
website. We offer free consultations. We encourage anybody with additional
questions to contact our office to schedule an appointment.