Ear Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery for Your Ears

ear surgeryIf you are unhappy with the shape of your ears, don’t worry. You can benefit from a cosmetic surgical procedure called otoplasty. Keep reading for a closer look into this procedure.

About Otoplasty

  • Purpose: This procedure has two major purposes: to set back prominent ears or reduce their size. However, this surgery can also help you if you have conditions such as lop ear, stretched or torn earlobes, and more.
  • Ideal candidates: This surgery is for anyone who is unhappy with the shape of their ears. Since ears grow completely by the time you are four years old, this procedure is often carried out on kids between the ages of 4 and 14. However, adults can also benefit from otoplasty. It’s also advised that all patients be in good general health before undergoing this procedure.
  • The procedure: If the patient is very young, then general anesthesia is advised. For older children and adults, a combination of a sedative and local anesthesia will do. The time taken may vary between one and two hours. The procedure requires an incision near the place where your ear and head meet. Through this incision, any required sculpting will be performed. Then, the cartilage will be bent into the desired position. Sometimes, skin may also be removed and sutures will be used to hold your ear in its place. Further, a bandage will be wrapped around your head for extra support. In cases where only one ear has the problem, both ears may be operated upon to ensure symmetry.

Do You Require More Information Regarding Otoplasty? Contact Dr. Frank.

If you are interested in otoplasty in Calgary, contact us today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you.

Ear Surgery FAQ

ear surgeryEar surgery, also known as otoplasty, can correct a variety of aesthetic conditions with a relatively short downtime compared to other cosmetic procedures.

To find out more about ear surgery and what it can do for you, check out the below FAQ:

What makes ears appear larger than average?

There are several factors that make ears look larger or more prominent. Firstly, the projection of one’s ears, or how far they “stick out”, can make them more noticeable and make a person feel self-conscious about their appearance.

Others have ears that are larger in size in relation to their head and facial features. Both of these conditions can be hereditary, but can be easily resolved through otoplasty. However, patients should be aware that otoplasty will not change one’s hearing.

My ears seem to be getting bigger. Can otoplasty fix this?

Over time, even though most of our facial features have reached their full development in adulthood, cartilage and skin in the nose and ears can continue to grow, change and elongate. This is a natural part of aging, and can be influenced by genetics, gravity and earrings.

For example, wearing large, heavy earrings takes its toll on your earlobes over time, causing them to stretch downward, and the pierced hole itself can also become stretched out and extended. Otoplasty can decrease the size of the earlobes and diminish the appearance of large creases and wrinkles.

What other conditions can otoplasty correct?

Along with resetting prominent, protruding ears closer to the head and reducing the size of large ears, otoplasty can also be beneficial in addressing the conditions such as lop ear, or when the top of the ear folds downward or inward, and cupped ear – when the ears are too small in relation to the head.

Another condition that otoplasty can correct is called shell ear, or when certain normal features of the ear are missing. For example, there can be a lack of an outer curve in the cartilage, which makes the ear look malformed. Ear surgery can also correct torn earlobes or ears that are misshapen due to an injury. Dr. Frank also constructs new ears for patients who are missing them from injury or other causes.


Ear Surgery in Calgary

If you are interested in otoplasty or would like to learn more about any of the other cosmetic surgery procedures we offer, contact us today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you!


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