Ear shaping or “otoplasty” is a surgical procedure to correct or improve the shape and appearance of the ear. Many patients, often beginning from a young age, are simply unhappy with the shape or size of their ears. For some, they stick out too far, and for others they are just too big. In certain cases, individuals are born with defects, while others may have a deformity caused by an accident or trauma to the ear. Ear shaping surgery can provide a simple and effective solution for most patients unhappy with the appearance of their ears.
Dr. Repta has performed hundreds of ear shaping surgeries with excellent results and very satisfied patients. Having delivered some of the best ear shaping surgery Scottsdale has to offer, Dr. Repta looks forward to meeting with you and helping you achieve the look you’ve always wanted.
Most ear shaping procedures use an incision behind the ear to gain access to the ear cartilage. On occasion an incision on the front side of the ear may also be needed. Regardless, the incisions are hidden and essentially invisible once healed. Excess soft tissue or cartilage causing the ear to “stick out too much” can be removed or shaped if needed. Additionally, if normal creases or folds are missing from the ear, they can be re-constructed by reshaping the cartilage and maintain that shape with internal sutures. Sometimes a combination of techniques will be employed to achieve the exact desired result. By doing a thorough evaluation, Dr. Repta will determine the most effective surgical route tailored to your exact needs and desires, resulting in functioning and aesthetically pleasing ears.
Additionally, this procedure can be performed on virtually any patient of any age as long as the ears are fully grown, which often takes place around the age of five years old. Ear shaping surgery is one of the most common cosmetic procedures for children ages five to fourteen and is considered safe and reliable with long term positive results that can improve the self image of the individual child.
Recovery & Healing Time
Immediately following ear surgery, you will have a special bandage carefully placed around your ears holding them in their new position. It is not uncommon for patients to experience moderate swelling and bruising following ear surgery, so it is advised to avoid any vigorous activity for the first week. It is also recommended for patients to sit in a reclined position, keeping the head elevated so as to minimize swelling.
Although recovery is different patient to patient, you can typically return to work and routine activities about one week post-surgery. Full exercise may require waiting about 4 weeks and the timing will be guided by Dr. Repta.
As a premier cosmetic surgeon performing among the best ear shaping surgery Scottsdale has available, Dr. Repta looks forward to meeting you and answering any and all questions you may have regarding ear surgery. Dr. Repta and his caring staff are here for you from start to finish. Call today for a private consultation.