Children may find themselves teased or even bullied by their peers because of large and protruding ears. This could also lead to considerable distress for the child and have a negative impact on his or her self-esteem that could persist into adulthood. For this reason, ear reduction surgery or otoplasty may be necessary to reduce the size of unusually large ears or position the ears closer to the head. Often, otoplasty is performed in children who are between 4 and 14 years of age when the ears are fully developed. Adults may also opt for ear reduction surgery to create facial balance and harmony.*
It takes around two to three hours to perform an ear revision surgery. Often, the specific technique to be used in the operation will depend on the issue you want to address. For instance, otoplasty may be done for both ears despite the protrusion of only one ear to help promote balance. In most cases of this surgery, a tiny incision is made at the back of the ear to expose the underlying cartilage. Dr. Mosser will sculpt and re-position the cartilage to position the ear back toward the head. A significant portion of the cartilage may be removed if the goal is to give the ear a more natural-looking fold once the procedure is done. To help maintain the new ear shape, non-removable stitches are often used. A tiny, faint scar at the back of the ear almost always results from ear revision surgery but this is typically well-hidden and will eventually fade with time.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.