When ears protrude too far from the head it can be embarrassing for children, as well as adults. At The Colton Center, our otoplasty procedure to correct protruding ears will create a more natural look and build back your confidence.

What is Otoplasty?

An Otoplasty procedure corrects the position, shape or proportion of ears that “stick out” or protrude out noticeably from the head. Otoplasty can also be used to improve defects in the ear structure as well as ears that have been damaged by injury.

Getting an otoplasty can:

  • Create a more natural ear shape
  • Bring proportion and balance to the ears and face
  • Provide an increase in self-esteem by correcting even the most minor deformities
  • Correct any dissatisfactory results from previous ear surgeries

Typically performed on an outpatient basis, otoplasty involves making a small incision in the crease behind the ear. Sutures are then used to help recreate the natural folds of the ear, and the ear is positioned into a more appealing position. The incision is closed with absorbable sutures, and a helmet-like dressing is generally worn for one day after surgery and then removed.

Dr. Colton’s patient photo
Dr. Colton’s patient photo

Am I a Good Candidate for Otoplasty Surgery?

During your consultation, Dr. Colton will determine whether otoplasty surgery is the right fit for you and your cosmetic goals, but typically good candidates for this procedure are:

  • In generally good health with no medical conditions that could impair surgery
  • For children, a minimum of 5 years old with stable ear cartilage
  • Individuals with realistic expectations about what this surgery can do

What is Recovery Like?

For the first week following surgery, Dr. Colton may advise you to wear a ski headband 24 hours a day in order to help keep your ears in proper position as well as protect them while you sleep. The headband will only need to be worn at night the second week, when the healing process is well under way and risk of damage to the ears is minimal.

While there is rarely any pain or discomfort after otoplasty surgery, patients have reported feeling tightness in the ears for a few days. A fairly normal schedule can be resumed about a week after surgery. Doctor Colton will advise you about the risks and possible complications of this procedure during your consultation, as well as any aftercare that may be necessary for your incision sites after surgery is complete in order to reduce the risk of infection.

With surgical scars hidden behind the ear, conspicuous scarring is minimal, and the results of your surgery should be obvious when the bandages are removed and any residual swelling subsides. Doctor Colton will schedule a follow-up visit with you about a week after surgery to monitor your healing.