Otoplasty surgery can significantly improve the appearance of the ears, and can be performed on both children and adults, as long as the ears are fully mature. Aside from the physical benefits of the procedure, otoplasty can also improve overall self-esteem and confidence in patients young and old. Here at the Emory Aesthetic Center, we offer this surgery for adult patients.
Many people with protruding or misshapen ears are extremely self-conscious about the problem, and otoplasty can be a great solution for this insecurity. People that have had an otoplasty feel that they can wear their hair short or wear it up, so that the ears are more visible. Otoplasty can accomplish a number of aesthetic goals, depending on the type of abnormality that is being addressed. A sample of the abnormalities treated with otoplasty surgery include:
Large and/or Protruding Ears
This is by far the most common reason that people seek otoplasty surgery. Large and protruding ears often go hand in hand, and can be a source of embarrassment for those who have them. Otoplasty can reduce the size of the ears and pull them in toward the head for a more proportional appearance.
Abnormally Large or Split Earlobes
Earlobes can start out large, or they can become saggy over time, even splitting due to age or years of wearing heavy earrings. A simple surgery can repair, re-size, and re-contour the earlobes for a tighter, more proportional, and normal appearance.
The "lop ear" deformity describes ears that fold over at the top and tilt forward. This deformity does not affect the hearing, but it can be a source of embarrassment. Otoplasty can be used to reshape the ear cartilage and address any other aesthetic problems that may accompany the lop ear deformity.