Facial procedures are among some of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed today. While a number of individuals are familiar with face lifts and rhinoplasty procedures, very few of us have a clear understanding of another, less well-known cosmetic surgery procedure—ear reshaping surgery. Boost your knowledge with this overview on common ear problems that can be corrected through ear reshaping surgery.
Ear reshaping surgery, or otoplasty surgery, is a procedure designed to improve the shape, proportion and position of the ears. Individuals of nearly any age can undergo an otoplasty. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that children over the age of five who have stable ear cartilage can undergo ear reshaping surgery. However, it is important that all patients are healthy, cooperative, and free from any chronic ear infections or illnesses.
The most common problems that ear reshaping surgery can fix include a condition include macrotia—characterized by overly large ears—and protruding ears in varying degrees that occur on one or both sides of the head. Otoplasty surgery can also be used to correct congenital malformations of the ears as well as irregularities caused by traumatic injury. Ear reshaping surgery may be right for you if you are bothered by the feeling that the shape of your earlobes is too large, that your ears protrude too far from the side of your head, or your ears do not provide symmetry for the rest of your facial features.
Don’t let these common ear problems impact your self-esteem and overall self-confidence. Get the information you need to make an informed decision about undergoing ear reshaping surgery by talking to your Austin plastic surgeon today. With several years of experience, Dr. Peter Vail Driscoll, MD with the Beverly Cosmetic Surgery Institute is your number one Austin resource for high quality plastic surgery procedures. Give us a call at (512) 765-9455 to set up an initial consultation.