We don’t often think about the ears, but these delicate features frame the sides of the face and provide a sense of balance. When the ears are asymmetrical, misshapen or protruding, they can be distracting. Ear surgery, commonly called otoplasty or ear pinning, reshapes and repositions the ears to better harmonize with your own natural features.
Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Waleed Ezzat is double board-certified in facial reconstructive and plastic surgery and otolaryngology – head and neck surgery. His specialty in reconstructing the features of the face make him particularly well-suited for procedures like ear surgery that rely on a combination of medical and aesthetic concerns.
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When to Consider Ear Surgery
The most common reasons people consider ear pinning or ear reshaping surgery include:
- Ears are asymmetrical
- One or both ears lack normal ear folds
- Ears are overly large and distracting
- Ears protrude away from the sides of the face
The best candidates for ear surgery are in good overall physical and mental health and have realistic expectations for their outcome.
Before Your Ear Surgery
Prior to scheduling your ear surgery, you’ll have a private consultation with Dr. Ezzat. During this time, you can talk candidly with Dr. Ezzat about your reasons for considering otoplasty and your cosmetic goals. You can also ask him any questions you may have about the procedure. Dr. Ezzat will take the time to address your concerns and give you a better idea of the results you can expect.
Dr. Ezzat will also perform a physical evaluation to help determine the best approach for your needs. In some cases, he may suggest additional treatments to achieve the results you want. Those seeking a more comprehensive makeover may wish to consider some of our other facial surgeries in conjunction with ear reshaping.
Your Ear Pinning Procedure
Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure that can be performed using either local or general anesthesia. The exact location of incisions depends on your needs. For many, incisions are well hidden inside the crease where the ear meets the head. For others, tiny incisions may be placed inside the ear. Very young children getting otoplasty may not require incisions at all, as the ear cartilage may still be soft enough to reshape using a mold or splints.
To perform your ear surgery, Dr. Ezzat will carefully reconstruct a natural shape and size to the ear using your existing cartilage. Flap techniques may be used to repair a damaged ear. Finally, excess skin is removed and, if necessary, the ears are fastened into a new position closer to the sides of the head.
Your Ear Surgery Recovery
Recovering from ear surgery is relatively simple compared to other facial procedures. Your exact recovery process will vary depending on your age, health and lifestyle. You should keep your head elevated as much as possible for the first couple of days following your surgery to promote blood circulation. Any discomfort can be managed using over-the-counter pain medications.
Most people are able to return to work and their normal activities within 7 days after getting ear surgery. You should avoid vigorous exercise or activities that may cause the ears to become bumped or irritated for at least 1 month. You should begin to see your final results after about 3 months.
Your New Look
After healing from ear reshaping surgery, you should notice a more balanced facial appearance. The ears should bring harmony to your look instead of distracting from it, helping you feel confident about your natural features.
Contact us online or call our office at 617-414-4980 to learn more about your facial surgery options.