Ear surgery in Worcester

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, setback otoplasty, or ear pinning. 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 ear position. Otoplasty surgery can also be combined with other procedures such as a facelift or a forehead lift.

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Ear surgery candidates

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

  • Have disproportionate, sticking out, misaligned, misshapen, or protruding 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?

Ear surgery or otoplasty is an outpatient cosmetic surgery procedure that normally requires only intravenous sedation with local anesthesia. Small incisions will be made around the external ear 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

Light sedation is usually used for the procedure, so the time after surgery is easy. Following the ear surgery procedure, 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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For the best result of otoplasty, we recommend you begin with a consultation. Each otoplasty procedure is an individualized surgery for each patient.

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Ear surgery side effects

Side effects of otoplasty surgery may include:

  • Swelling: Swelling after otoplasty can occur immediately after the operation or weeks later. It is normal to experience swelling in the operated area and nerves around it for a few days after an otoplasty procedure. Pain medication will help alleviate swelling and discomfort, which are often present for several days post-op.
  • Bleeding: There may be minor bleeding from stitches in the back of your ears during the procedure, but this is usually mild and rare. The bleeding would heal within some days without much concern. Some patients experience more bleeding than others, given that everyone’s healing process is unique.
  • Infection: Infections are rare after otoplasty procedures; even though the surgery can involve some risks, most patients don’t develop infections.
  • Pain: Pain may seem worse at first, but it gradually lessens as you heal over time without any specific pain management plan.
    Numbness: Feeling numbness might happen on your operated ears because of sutures pinching nerves inside them or nerve damage from surgery which, however, will disappear with time; it’s a normal recovery process.
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Ear Surgery FAQs

Does otoplasty last forever?

Once healed, otoplasty results are permanent and last a lifetime.

Is an otoplasty painful?

The procedure is painless, and complications are rare. Most patients can return to normal activities after 1–2 days. The scars are nearly invisible and are located behind the ears. There is no downtime with otoplasty.

What is the best age for otoplasty?

Most doctors recommend that you wait until your child is at least 5 years old before undergoing otoplasty. This will ensure that the ear cartilage is sufficiently developed and flexible. But also the procedure can be  performed at any age.

Do ears go back after otoplasty?

The new position after otoplasty can be changed, but ears will not return to their original position. This is due to increased tension on the otoplasty scars, as well as the stretched ear lobe skin. The ears are very delicate, and tissue can be easily damaged, even after the procedure. If you are concerned about the new ear position after otoplasty, it is best to check with your surgeon.

Does earlobe repair leave scars?

There is a very small risk of scarring with earlobe repair, but the scars are usually very faint and barely visible. Most people are happy with the results of the surgery.

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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