Overly prominent ears, damaged earlobes, or congenital defects can create anxiety and confidence issues in both social and personal situations. If you or your child face teasing at work or in school or if you wish to repair stretched or torn earlobes, otoplasty can address your ear concerns. Otoplasty modifies and contours the projection and shape of the ears to restore a natural appearance.
Your ears protrude far from your head
Your ears lack curves or folds in the cartilage
Heavy earrings have torn your earlobe
You wish to remove your gauge holes
You were born with microtia
You suffer from anxiety related to the appearance of your ears
Prominent ears are the most common reason to consider otoplasty. Overly large, protruding ears can be the subject of ridicule and embarrassment not just in the schoolyard but long into your adult and professional life. Otoplasty reshapes and pins the ears closer to the scalp to restore a more natural ear profile. Otoplasty can aid patients whose ears present with:
A Large Conchal Bowl: This is the round, bowl-shaped area of cartilage that sits beside the ear canal. Some patients show a more substantial, deep curve that pushes the ears out. Otoplasty removes a portion of the “bowl” and pins the remaining ear closer to the scalp.
An Underdeveloped Antihelical Fold: The antihelical fold is the natural bend in your ear. Occasionally, patients will not develop all of these folds and curves. Otoplasty creates folds in the ear to restore a natural appearance.
Earlobes are made of soft cartilage and skin that is easily damaged and stretched. Wearing heavy earrings can put a strain on your earlobe, causing not only the elongation of your piercing but also putting you at risk of your earring getting caught and the earlobe tearing. Otoplasty can repair torn earlobes with minor surgery.
Ear gauging repair has been on the rise over the recent years. Gauging the earlobes is the continual stretching of the earlobe to make room for a plug. However, personal preferences can change, and many professions will not accept gauged ears. Otoplasty closes the holes and restores them to a natural size and shape.
Congenital defects can be detrimental to an individual’s confidence. The most significant ear defect is known as microtia, which is the underdevelopment of the external ear. This not only presents aesthetic complications but contributes to hearing deficiencies as well.
Otoplasty can be performed in a series of procedures that reconstruct and restore a more natural ear appearance. Here, the framework for the new ear is constructed from rib cartilage and skin grafts.
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