Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a popular procedure for people wishing to reduce the appearance of large or protruding ears and is typically available to anyone over the age of five. At PVPS, we also offer earlobe repair and earlobe reduction.
All otoplasties are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about two hours to complete. Surgery generally begins with a small incision made along the back of the ear. At Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery, there are two main techniques that may be used to achieve the desired look during this procedure. One common technique involves trimming or removing pieces of cartilage, re-shaping the remaining cartilage, and stitching it back in order to draw the ears closer to the head.
Another technique makes use of the same incision, but instead of removal of cartilage, it is folded, re-shaped, and stitched to create a new contour.
The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. First, there may be an insufficient amount of ear cartilage to support the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage where the ear canal starts. Both issues will cause the ear to protrude outward. In some cases, the ears may appear too large.
Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be addressed and either removed or re-shaped. Then the cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds of the ear so scarring is not an issue.
Members of our highly trained and experienced surgical team will work closely with you to decide on the appropriate technique for you and your cosmetic needs.