Otoplasty is one procedure that has provided countless men, women and children with life-changing results.
Otoplasty is the art of correcting misshapen, prominent or disproportionate ears, leaving patients with symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing results that they can proudly show off. It is also a procedure that can be personalised to address the specific concerns of each and every patient, ensuring they achieve their desired result.
Before you make the decision to schedule an otoplasty procedure, it’s important to meet with a board-certified surgeon who specialises in ear pinning so that they can determine whether you are an ideal candidate for this procedure.
Understanding the common misconceptions around otoplasty will also go a long way in helping you make an informed decision.
- Common Otoplasty Myths
- Otoplasty is only for adults
Ear pinning procedures can be successfully performed on both adults and children. Children do need to be at least 5 years old before they can be considered for this procedure though because their ears will have fully developed by this age. Adults who are tired of having low self-esteem due to their protruding ears or children who are being teased and bullied at school because of their ears are ideal candidates for this procedure. One of the otoplasty specialists at Dr Zurek clinic will discuss the best type of otoplasty procedure for you or child during your consultation.
- Otoplasty is only ideal for protruding ears
Ear pinning is one of the more common types of otoplasty but it is certainly not the only type of ear-related procedure. In the case of disproportionate or misshapen ears, a surgeon will be able to remove any excess skin and cartilage and use it to repair and rebuild ear features in order to leave you with a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
- Otoplasty needs to be performed under general anaesthetic
While general anaesthetic is the preferred option when dealing with a young child, a local anaesthetic is used in most otoplasty cases. Again, your surgeon will need to evaluate your unique case before deciding whether general or local anaesthetic is the best option.
- One otoplasty procedure is enough to achieve your desired result
This will all depend on what you want to achieve. Some otoplasty cases are more complex than others and require additional surgeries to produce a patient’s ideal result. For example, in some cases, pulling the ears back too quickly can be highly ineffective and won’t produce a pleasing result, which means it will need to be done gradually the second time around.
Planning Your Otoplasty Procedure
If you’re ready to consider and discuss the changes that can be produced with an otoplasty procedure, start by finding an expert who can help you visualise your potential results. A lot of today’s top plastic surgeons use 3D imaging to give patients a better idea of what their ears would look like after an otoplasty procedure. Take the time to find a certified, qualified and experienced facial plastic surgeon who specialises in otoplasty for the best results.