Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears.
Prominent ears can be reshaped and tucked with a simple outpatient procedure. Overly large ears can also be reduced in size as well as the earlobes. Torn earlobes can be repaired with our specialized procedure which reinforces the ear to hold any earring.
For the most part, the operation is done on children between the ages of four and 14. Ears are almost fully grown by age four and the earlier the surgery, the less teasing and ridicule the child will have to endure. Ear surgery on adults is also possible and there are generally no additional risks associated with ear surgery on an older patient.
Ear surgery usually takes about two to three hours, although complicated procedures may take longer. The technique will depend on the problem.
Besides protruding ears, there are a variety of other ear problems that can be helped with surgery. These include “lop ear” which is when the tip seems to fold down and forward. Another ear problem is “cupped ear” which is usually a very small ear. “Shell ear” is when the curve in the outer rim, as well as the natural folds and creases are missing.
Surgery can also improve large or stretched earlobes, or lobes with large creases and wrinkles. Dr. Fisher can even build new ears for those who were born without them or who lost them through an injury.
Most patients, young and old alike are thrilled with the results of ear surgery.