For ears that are large, misshapen or that protrude prominently from the head, otoplasty surgery may be a solution to restore a normal appearance. Our otoplasty surgery is performed on both children and adults to improve self-confidence and achieve facial balance.
Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dr. J. Anthony Stephens is board certified in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if you are a candidate for otoplasty surgery.
What is Otoplasty Surgery?
Otoplasty is typically performed for three main reasons:
- To set prominent ears closer to the head
- To reduce the size of large ears
- To correct misshapen or deformed ears
Although this surgery is available to adults, most patients who undergo otoplasty are children. This procedure is performed on children as young as four years old, as the ears are usually fully developed at this age. An otoplasty while children are still young can alleviate any self-consciousness and teasing that may occur later in life due to large or protruding ears.
During otoplasty surgery, the techniques that Dr. Stephens will use depend on the individual surgery. Incisions are made carefully and with minimal scarring in mind, usually behind the ear or hidden within the natural folds of the ear. From there, Dr. Stephens will either access the underlying cartilage to correct the shape of the ear or place permanent sutures within the ear to pin them closer to the head, depending on the type of otoplasty being performed.
What is Recovery Like?
Mild discomfort is common after otoplasty and can be controlled with medication that will be prescribed to you by Dr. Stephens. You will be advised on how to care for your incision sites as well as when your bandages will be able to be removed and other post-surgical information.
As all patients heal at different speeds, Dr. Stephens will inform you when you can return to work and normal activities. Special care should be taken during sleep to avoid putting pressure on the ears in order to protect them as they heal.
Am I a Good Candidate for Otoplasty?
Adults who are interested in otoplasty should be generally healthy with no contraindicating medical conditions and who have realistic cosmetic goals and expectations. Children undergoing otoplasty should have the ability to follow directions and cooperate in a doctor’s chair.
Contact Dr. J. Anthony Stephens today to schedule a consultation and find out how otoplasty surgery can restore facial balance and improve your self-confidence.