Otoplasty involves the treatment of prominent, asymmetrical or malformed ears. Dr. Robb uses advanced techniques to gently shape the ear to fit the face and head. Many times, prominent ears can be a source of insecurity or bullying especially in children which can lead to decreased self image.
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A good ear reshaping candidate:
- prominent ears
- older than 6yrs old (adults are good candidates as well)
- ear lacking folds and normal anatomy
- ears interfering with social interaction
When performed on adults, Dr. Robb often performs this procedure under local anesthesia in the office and takes under an hour.
Why can’t this procedure be performed before 6 years?
Dr. Robb waits until patients are at least 6 years old before otoplasty because prior to this age the ear is not done growing. The cartilage is mature enough at this point to be gently conformed and shaped as well. We’ve also found that prior to 5-6 years of age, there is not much public ridiculing or bullying. The social implications of prominent ear can become difficult after six years of age.
There is no age too late for otoplasty but it is important to understand that as we age, our cartilage becomes more brittle- in many ways similar to bone where it doesn’t want to bend anymore but would rather crack; this fact can complicate otoplasty. There is also about a 5-10% international touch up rate that patients should be aware of.
What is the post-operative course or care that can be expected?
If the procedure is performed under local anesthesia, there is no hangover period. Patients are able to drive themselves home and care for themselves if no other medications are used. There will be a bandage over the ears which is to stay in place