Otoplasty

Surgery to improve the appearance of the ears is called an “Otoplasty.” There is a wide spectrum of conditions which can affect the appearance of the ears. In Our practice, most individuals are interested in reducing the size, or prominence, of the ears. However, there are many individuals who have sustained an injury to the ear and would benefit from an otoplasty as well. This could include animal bites, lacerations and accidents which also result in torn earlobes. Patients who undergo this surgery for prominent ears are extremely satisfied by the procedure.

Techniques

An otoplasty is surprisingly complex. The appearance and prominence of the ear is governed by a delicate balance among the curvatures in the cartilage of the ear. Changing the shape of one area, therefore, causes changes in the shape of surrounding areas. In order to be successful, each maneuver must complement each other. These include such things as cartilage scoring, excision, and cartilage stitches. A careful interplay of all of these techniques will produce the desired result. Since each individual is unique, the exact surgical plan can not be determined until a full examination of the ear is completed.

Recovery

There is relatively little discomfort associated with an otoplasty. A compressive head and ear bandage is applied immediately after surgery and has to be continuously worn for the first week. There is some bruising and mild swelling which usually resolves within a week. Although wearing the bandage as much as possible is encouraged, it can be removed during the day, after the first week. Strenuous activity, such as running and heavy lifting, should be avoided for at least one month to allow the delicate structures of the ear to heal in their new position.

Results

This patient requested an otoplasty to reduce the prominence of her ears. She had been bothered by the excessive protrusion of the ears for many years. As you can see in the “Before” pictures, the upper portion of the ears “stuck” out from her head and was visible through her hair. The maneuvers used on her included an excision of a portion of the cartilage, a scoring of the cartilage to achieve weakening and multiple, precisely placed cartilage-shaping stitches. As you can see in the “After” pictures, the ears no longer are visible through her hair, the ears are closer to the side of the head, and the upper portion of the ears no longer appears as prominent as before. In addition, the ears remain very natural looking. The patient was extremely pleased with the results of surgery.

Our Surgeons

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    Dr Jason Diamond

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    Dr Anthony Griffin

    Plastic Surgeon

    Renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Griffin. is considered one of the foremost authorities on plastic surgery for African Americans and ethnic skin types. Though his patients are of every type, he is a crusader to spread the word that minorities who have plastic surgery no longer need to copy traditional beauty ideals. “I want people to know they can enhance their natural beauty and still retain their ethnic identity,” Dr. Griffin said.

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    Dr Marc Mani

    Plastic Surgeon

    Dr. Marc Mani is a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. An artist from a young age, Dr. Mani is renowned worldwide not only for his skill and experience in performing aesthetic procedures, but also for the many advances and innovations he has contributed in the areas of facelift surgery, breast surgery, and rhinoplasty.
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    Dr Najm

    Plastic Surgeon

    Dr. Najm Khan, MBBS, FRCS, RCPS is a Senior Consultant in Plastic, Aesthetic, Reconstructive, Burns and Hand Surgery.He is a member of British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), the General Medical Council United Kingdom (Reg.No. 3405110), International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS), International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), Emirates Medical Association (EMA), GCC Association for Burn & Plastic Surgery, and the Pan Arab Association for Burn & Plastic Surgery.
    Moreover, Dr. Najm Khan holds the chair of Vice President of Plastic Surgery Society of the Emirates Medical Association.

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    Dr Dirk Kremer

    Plastic Surgeon

    Dr Kremer is a famous plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He hails from Munich, Germany. Dr Kremer is a new age plastic surgeon. He has a passion for plastic surgery. Dr Dirk Kremer spent several years in United States of America. In Los Angeles, Californina and New York he worked alongside the best plastic surgeons of the world. His consultation method seamlessly blends professionalism with a relaxed tone. Passionate about plastic surgery, he believes that 30 per cent of a great surgical outcome relies on a surgeon’s artistic vision, whilst the other 70 per cent is a mixture of meticulous technique and expert knowledge.

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    Dr Patel

    Plastic Surgeon

    Dr Patel’s love for beauty, science and creativity inspires his passion for the practice of plastic surgery. His step in consultation with you will be to visualize your intended result. Once you agree on aesthetic goals for the surgery, his planning, experience and skill will provide you the safe and effective procedure you deserve.

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