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.View transcript
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 appearances. 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.