Transform Your Appearance With the Benefits of Otoplasty Surgery

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Article At A Glance

  • Undergoing otoplasty surgery involves “pinning” back protruding ears for improved facial appearance.
  • The procedure is relatively safe for patients of all ages, including children with congenital ear deformities and self-conscious adults.
  • With many distinct benefits, otoplasty remains a procedure that plastic surgeons regularly perform.

Do you have drooping or prominent ears that you’d like to change? Specific abnormalities in your ear structure can cause this appearance and impact your self-confidence. Otoplasty surgery corrects the problem by altering the position and proportions of your ears for a transformed appearance. 

Learn more about this procedure and the benefits of ear-pinning surgery in this helpful guide from the healthcare team at James C Wang Facial Plastic Surgery. Contact our clinic today to see whether you qualify for this common facial reconstruction surgery. 

The Otoplasty Process

Undergoing plastic surgery may seem scary, but otoplasty ranks as one of the safest procedures surgeons perform. The process always begins by consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in the procedure. They will assess the appearance and structure of your ears, take your health history, and address any concerns you have. 

If the surgeon deems you a suitable candidate and you decide to move forward, they will give you tips to prepare for your procedure. You’ll go under general anesthesia during the surgery and won’t feel any pain while the surgeon corrects the issue. Standard otoplasty techniques include making incisions at the backs of the ear or inner creases and removing cartilage from that area. 

Once you wake up from anesthesia, your doctor will give you a set of instructions to aid your recovery. 

Top Benefits of Ear Pinning Surgery

Are you unsure whether otoplasty surgery is right for you? Check out the many advantages that await if you undergo this standard procedure. 

You’ll Improve the Visual Appearance of Ears

People decide to get ear-pinning surgery mainly because they’re unhappy with how their ears protrude from their faces. A plastic surgeon can set the ears back slightly so they aren’t as prominent. Your doctor will create a plan for the new position of your ears based on your preferences. 

Otoplasty Is Reasonably Safe

Once you receive outpatient ear-pinning surgery, you’ll enjoy permanent results. The procedure is generally safe for children and adults, though every surgery has potential risks. Your plastic surgeon will outline the possible risks and provide instructions and tips for fully recovering without complications. 

Keep in mind that scarring may occur at the incision site and that the recovery process can last several weeks. Typical aftercare instructions include:

  • Keeping bandages on the ears to prevent swelling.
  • Taking pain medication as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Avoid sleeping on your sides.
  • Take a break from vigorous physical activities while you heal.
  • Attending follow-up appointments. 

You’ll Have a Natural Facial Appearance

While otoplasty surgery doesn’t involve any incisions on your face, you’ll enjoy enhanced facial harmony once you recover. Your profile will appear more balanced and attractive without prominent ear structures. 

It Restores Your Confidence and Self-Esteem

Do you avoid looking in the mirror because of your prominent ears? Are you self-conscious that everyone will stare at you because of them? Living with pronounced ears can shatter your self-esteem, but otoplasty can restore your confidence and make you happier with your appearance. 

Whether you’re the parent of a young child who gets bullied because of their ears or an adult struggling with your appearance, ear-pinning surgery can do wonders for a patient’s self-esteem. Consult an experienced plastic surgeon to learn more about this procedure and whether it’s right. 

It’s a Comprehensive Solution for Various Ear Issues

Otoplasty surgery has cosmetic advantages but also corrects different health issues. Say you’re born with underdeveloped ear structures. This reconstructive surgery provides a long-lasting solution while improving the appearance of your ears. 

Otoplasty Improves Facial Symmetry

If you have asymmetrical ears, they may be the first thing someone notices while looking at your facial profile. Let your face be the prominent feature people notice, thanks to otoplasty. This surgery will make your key facial features symmetrical to elevate your appearance and self-confidence. 

Are You a Candidate for Otoplasty Surgery?

A vital part of the otoplasty process is determining whether you’re suitable for surgery. A plastic surgeon can check for abnormalities with your ear structures and evaluate any visual protrusion or asymmetry with your ears. Some otoplasty patients also experience the following issues before receiving surgery:

  • Ears are routinely cold: Since prominent ears stick out further away from the rest of the body, they may get cold quickly. Rather than wearing hats, ear muffs, or your hair a certain way, you can correct this issue with ear-pinning surgery. 
  • Sound becomes magnified: People with large, protruding ears often hear louder sounds than those with smaller ears that stay close to the head. Amplified sound in specific environments, such as concerts, may hurt your ears more than the average person. 
  • Ears hurt after sleeping: The outer lobe may fold over if you have large ears and tend to sleep on your side. Staying in this position for an extended period can cause slight pain or discomfort upon waking. 

Don’t hesitate to contact a facial plastic surgeon if you experience these issues with your ears or struggle with self-esteem because of your prominent ears. A quick consultation marks the first step in your journey toward a transformed appearance. 

Additional Read: Is Otoplasty Surgery for Your Child Safe?

Visit a Qualified Plastic Surgeon for a Cosmetic Ear Procedure

Are you ready to say “goodbye” to prominent ears and improve your appearance? Consider undergoing otoplasty surgery for a permanent solution. Contact the office of James C Wang Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation in Chicago and see whether ear-pinning surgery is right for you. 

Call our clinic today at (312) 695-8182 to schedule an appointment. We will gladly answer any further questions you have about the process and set you up with one of our experienced medical professionals.

About The Author

Dr. James Wang - Facial Plastic Surgeon

By Dr. James Wang MD PhD

Dr. James C. Wang, MD and Ph.D., is the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He graduated with Honors from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Sciences Program at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.