If you suffer from ears that are much too large for your face, that protrude or that are uneven, an otoplasty can fix them. Also known as ear reshaping or ear pinning, an otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that improves the look of your ears, giving them a more natural appearance. At Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery, Dr. Haigney is highly trained is performing this, as well as many other procedures meant to improve the appearance of your face, giving you your confidence back.
Who should have an otoplasty?
Those who are a good candidate for an otoplasty procedure are:
Children with large ears often face the taunts and teasing of others. This can follow them as they grow up. Once the ears stop developing, usually around the age of 5 or 6, they, too, can be considered for an otoplasty, saving them from several years of teasing by peers.
What causes large ears?
Ears may be large, misshapen or uneven for a number of reasons. Often, having large ears is genetic. Misshapen or uneven ears can be the result of natural causes, meaning that you were simply born with them. Or you may have experienced some sort of facial trauma, such as blunt force, that affected one or both of your ears.
Prior to receiving surgery, Dr. Haigney will evaluate your overall health and determine whether or not an otoplasty is the right procedure for you. He will examine your ears in order to decide upon the best course of action for your specific surgery. Pictures are taken so that the improvements, even minor, can be seen. You will also be provided with a set of instructions to follow before the day of your surgery.
Otoplasty can be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Your specific surgery will depend upon your unique needs. Generally, incisions are made on the back of the ears, which allows for scars to be hidden. In any instance where incisions are needed on the front portion of your ears, Dr. Haigneywill make them along natural folds of the ears, preventing scars from being visible. The results are almost immediate.
After your procedure, you may experience some discomfort, but it can usually be managed with pain medications. A dressing will be placed on your ears, and it should not be disturbed, or else you risk some of the corrections coming undone. Dr. Haigney will provide you with after care instructions, which may include not sleeping on your side to prevent pain. Strenuous activities should be avoided for a few months, although after the first week, you can resume lighter ones. You should also attend a follow up appointment so he can check on your healing.
While having large ears, or ears that are misshapen or uneven, isn’t a dangerous condition, it can have a large impact on your self-confidence, or that of your young child. Call us at (704) 255-5888 today to schedule your consultation and find out if otoplasty is right for you.