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Restore Optimal Ear Shape & Position

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at altering the shape, size, or position of the ears. Primarily performed for cosmetic reasons, otoplasty can address a variety of concerns, such as protruding ears, asymmetry, or deformities caused by injury or congenital conditions. By reshaping the cartilage and adjusting the position of the ear, our surgeons can create a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance that harmonizes with overall facial features.

During otoplasty, our surgeons typically make incisions behind the ear, allowing access to the cartilage for manipulation. Depending on the desired outcome, excess cartilage may be removed, and the remaining tissue reshaped to achieve the desired contour. Recovery time varies but typically involves wearing a protective headband to support the ears during the initial healing phase. Otoplasty offers a safe solution for individuals seeking to correct the shape or position of their ears.

Benefits of Ear Surgery (Otoplasty):

  • Treats protruding ears, asymmetrical ears, or deformities caused by injury
  • Corrects congenital conditions affecting ear shape or position
  • Improves the appearance and symmetry of the ears
  • Enhances facial harmony and balance
  • Boost in self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Correction of protruding or misshapen ears
  • Long-lasting results
  • Minimal scarring, typically hidden behind the ear
  • Ability to wear hairstyles that may have been avoided previously

What Happens During the Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) Consultation?

During your consultation for ear surgery (otoplasty) with our plastic surgeons, Dr. Lauren Patrick and Dr. Catherine Hannan, we will discuss your specific concerns and aesthetic goals regarding the appearance of your ears. Our surgeons will conduct a thorough examination of your ears, assessing their size, shape, symmetry, and overall proportions. This evaluation will help determine the most appropriate surgical approach to achieve your desired results.

Our surgeons will also take the time to explain the otoplasty procedure in detail, including the techniques involved, potential risks, and expected outcomes. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and address any concerns you may have about the surgery or recovery. Our surgeons will provide personalized recommendations based on your unique anatomy and goals, ensuring you feel fully informed and confident moving forward with the procedure.

You Might Be A Candidate If…

  • You have protruding ears that bother you or affect your self-esteem.
  • You are bothered by asymmetrical ears.
  • You have deformities in your ears caused by injury or congenital conditions.
  • You are in good overall health and do not have any medical conditions that impair healing.
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery.
  • You understand the risks and potential complications associated with otoplasty.
  • You are committed to following all pre-operative and post-operative instructions.
  • You are a non-smoker or willing to quit smoking before and after the surgery.
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What Is Recovery from Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) Like?

Recovery from ear surgery (otoplasty) typically involves a period of mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising around the ears, which can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. You may also experience temporary numbness or tingling in the ears, which usually resolves within a few weeks. During the initial recovery period, it’s essential to avoid activities that could put pressure on the ears or disrupt the healing process. Expect to wear a protective headband or dressing over the ears for the first week or two following surgery to support the newly shaped cartilage.

While downtime depends on individual healing, most people can return to non-strenuous activities within a week or two. However, it’s crucial to avoid activities that could potentially injure the ears or cause complications. Follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions diligently, which may include keeping the incision sites clean, avoiding strenuous exercise, and attending follow-ups to monitor your progress.

Inspiring Confidence With Natural Results

Washington Women Plastic Surgery is dedicated to empowering individuals through personalized care and natural-looking results. Led by board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Lauren Patrick and Dr. Catherine Hannan, our practice prioritizes patient satisfaction above all else. With a collaborative approach, our surgeons develop tailored treatment plans to address each patient’s unique concerns and goals. If you’re considering ear surgery to enhance your confidence and appearance, we invite you to schedule a consultation today.

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