Our unique features are what help us stand out from those around us but sometimes, our features can draw unnecessary attention to us and lower our self-esteem – protruding or uneven ears being a prime example.
Otoplasty is the art of removing excess skin and cartilage in order to address ear deformities and size issues. The structure of the ear is still maintained for optimal hearing performance but the ear can be reshaped or pinned back to suit your aesthetic preferences.
Understanding the Various Types of Otoplasty
There are 3 main types of otoplasty:
- Ear Pinning. To stop the ears from sticking out more than they should, the ears can be pinned back.
- Ear Repair. In an effort to improve hearing, the conchal bowl can be rebuilt and repaired to give the ear the proper shape that it needs to hear correctly.
- Ear Reshaping. In order to give the ear a more aesthetically pleasing appearance, areas such as the cochlea, earlobe and helix can be reshaped.
Using Otoplasty to Boost Self-Esteem
Children with misshapen or protruding ears generally experience the biggest blow to their self-esteem during their school years, which is why it’s best to address ear malformations at an otoplasty clinic such as Dr Zurek in Sydney sooner rather than later.
It’s recommended that children undergo an otoplasty procedure before they start school to stop them from being bullied during their prime years. Kids can be really cruel and bullying can have long-lasting effects that can last well into their adult years.
As for adults, surgical and non-surgical otoplasty can be performed at any age, which means that there’s no longer any need for you to grow your hair to cover your ears if you’re a women or girl. Otoplasty patients feel an instant sense of relief after their surgery and even more so when they see the final results.
The Basics of an Otoplasty Procedure
What you experience during your otoplasty procedure will depend on whether you choose a surgical or non-surgical option.
If you decide to go the surgical route, a general or local anaesthetic will be used before a small incision is made at the back of either ear. Excess cartilage and skin will then be removed via the incisions before the ears are pinned back and the incision closed with dissolvable sutures. A portion of the ear’s cartilage can also be used to rebuild any missing features. A dressing will then be placed around the head and will need to be worn for several days.
A non-surgical otoplasty procedure only uses sutures to pin the ears back and doesn’t require any incisions or downtime. The no-incision option is also a lot more affordable and only requires a local anaesthetic.
The type of procedure that you choose will, of course, depend on whether you just need to have your ears pinned back or if you need to repair damage or structural malformations. A qualified surgeon will be able to take you through your options once your ears or those of your child have been examined.