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Ear Surgery or Otoplasty in Birmingham AL

Improve Balance and Proportion of the Ears and Face

Ear Surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. Ear surgery can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth or that becomes apparent with development. Otoplasty can also treat misshapen ears caused by injury.

Ear surgery creates a more natural shape while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem. You may consider this plastic surgery procedure if protruding or disfigured ears are bothering you or your child.

Ear surgery can treat:

  • Overly large ears, a condition called macrotia.
  • Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees (not associated with hearing loss).
  • Adult dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery.

Ear reshaping surgery is designed to provide more attractive framing of the face for children and adults. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your ears, contact us today to get started with your ear surgery consultation.

Ear Surgery Candidates

Children who are good candidates for ear surgery are:

Teenagers and adults who are good candidates for ear surgery are:

Your Ear Surgery Consultation

The success and safety of your procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You'll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

During your ear surgery consultation be prepared to discuss:

Your plastic surgeon will also:

Ear Surgery Risks and Safety

Possible ear surgery risks include:

Ear surgery risks will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all of your concerns about risks with your plastic surgeon. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo, the alternatives and the most likely risks and potential complications.

Preparing for Ear Surgery

In preparing for ear surgery, you may be asked to:

Special instructions you receive will cover:

Ear surgery procedures are performed at our accredited Outpatient Surgery Facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and stay with you for at least the first night after surgery.

Ear Surgery Procedure

Correction of protruding ears uses surgical techniques to create or increase the antihelical fold (just inside the rim of the ear) and to reduce enlarged conchal cartilage (the largest and deepest concavity of the external ear).

Ear surgery is performed using local, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will recommend the best choice for you.

Ear Surgery Incisions

Incisions for otoplasty are generally made on the back surface of the ear. When incisions are necessary on the front of the ear, they are made within its folds to hide them. Internal, non-removable sutures are used to create and secure the newly-shaped cartilage in place.

The incision is closed with external stitches. Techniques are individualized, taking care not to distort other structures and to avoid an unnatural "pinned back" appearance.

Diagram showing the parts of the ear
Ear anatomy
Diagram showing ear surgery incision location
Ear Surgery incision

Ear Surgery Recovery

Discomfort immediately following ear surgery is normal and can be controlled with pain medication. There may be an itchy feeling under bandages. It is essential that bandages remain intact and are not removed for any reason. Failure to do so may result in loss of some of the correction and may require a secondary surgery.

After surgery, bandages or dressings will be applied to keep your surgical site clean, protect it from trauma and to support the new position of the ear during initial healing.

Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself after surgery. Following these instructions is essential to the success of your ear surgery. The instructions may include:

Should any complications occur, notify your plastic surgeon who will determine if any additional treatment is needed.

It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, sunlight or tanning bed light, abrasion or motion during the time of healing.

Ear Surgery Results

Ear surgery before and after

Ear surgery offers almost immediate results in cases of protruding ears. Results are visible when the dressings that support the new shape of the ear during initial phases of healing are removed.

With the ear permanently positioned closer to the head, surgical scars are either hidden behind the ear or well hidden within the natural creases of the ear.

Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee of complete satisfaction with the results. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

The results of more extensive ear surgery and reconstruction may appear in stages over time.

Ear Surgery Words to Know

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Hedden and Gunn Plastic Surgery

Ear Surgery, or otoplasty, improves the shape, position or proportions of the ears to bring better balance to the facial features of children and adults.

Birmingham, AL Office & Surgery Suites

Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery
140 Village Street
Birmingham, AL 35242
205-980-1744 or 800-HeddenMD
American Society of Plastic Surgeons * American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery *
* Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn
Hedden and Gunn Plastic Surgery

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Contact our Alabama cosmetic surgeons today to find out more about Ear Surgery or Otoplasty at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery in Birmingham.

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