About ear surgery

Plastic surgeon Dr. Deborah Ekstrom understands that protruding or large ears can be an embarrassing feature for someone to live with. However, this can be corrected through Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery or setback otoplasty. It is an ear correction procedure designed to remove or reshape the cartilage that makes up your ears.

The procedure can pin back ears that stick out and make larger ears smaller. It can even improve the appearance of the ears in case they have become misshapen from trauma or activities like boxing. Otoplasty is available for both adults and children (at least 5 years old) who are unhappy with the shape, size, or position of their ears.

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Ear surgery candidates

The best candidates for ear reconstruction surgery are men and women who:

  • Have prominent, sticking out, misaligned, misshapen, or disproportionate ears
  • Can be as young as 5 or 6 to correct ear abnormalities
  • Have anxiety about the look of their ears
  • Desire a long-term solution
  • Desire a natural look
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What happens during the otoplasty procedure?

Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure that normally requires only intravenous sedation with local anesthesia. Small incisions will be made around the ears to allow the surgeon better access to the cartilage. Cartilage can then be manipulated through removal, reshaping, and reforming to repair the ears for an improved, symmetrical look. Excess skin from the ear can also be removed, if needed. Ear surgery is commonly used to pin back protruding ears, repair earlobes, reshape, and resize to provide natural-looking results. The length of the surgery depends on the technique and the condition of the patient’s ears.

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Ear surgery recovery and results

Following ear surgery, the ears will be dressed to provide protection. The dressing will remain in place for around 5 days for children and 2 days for adults. There’s little pain or discomfort associated with otoplasty, but patients should expect to experience tenderness and swelling. It’s crucial that pediatric patients not touch or bother their ears while they are healing. Results are long-standing and should provide years of positive benefits for patients.

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Transform your ears today

You can turn back the hands of time successfully with a facelift surgery. The surgery can address all the tell-tale signs of aging, such as lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Not only will you look years younger, but you’ll also feel better about yourself. Give our office a call today to inquire about a facelift.

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Client Reviews

Salisbury Plastic Surgery

Dr. Ekstrom is a phenomenal doctor! She is warm, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. She took all the time I needed during all my appointments and made me feel very comfortable. During the day of surgery she was full of energy and made me feel at ease with her warm bedside manner. I would recommend Dr. Ekstrom and Salisbury Plastic Surgery above anyone.

J. C.

My experience with Dr. Ekstrom and her staff has been nothing but exceptional. After my initial visit with Dr. Ekstrom I knew I wanted her to do my procedure because she was very informative, gave me detailed explanation of what to expect and made me feel very comfortable. I love the look of my breasts and could not be any happier! Thank you Dr. Ekstrom, Kristen, and the whole team!

L. W.

Dr. Ekstrom and her staff are fabulous. I am 2 days post op BA Mentor Moderate Plus silicone 375/350 sub glandular placement. I am absolutely thrilled with my results. I presented with asymmetric mildly tuberous breasts. Dr. Ekstrom answered my hundreds of questions, gave me realistic surgical expectations. My result…..fabulous! Beyond thrilled!

M. G.
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