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Ear Reshaping

Another name for Ear Reshaping is otoplasty. Ear reshaping is ideal for those who wish to increase the symmetry between their ears, change the shape of their ears, or have their ears rest closer to their head.

Ear reshaping surgery (otoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure through which the shape and contour of the ear is given new definition.

Is Ear Reshaping Surgery in Seattle, WA Right for You?

You may be an ideal candidate for otoplasty if you:

  • Have protruding ears that you’d like to have rest closer to your head

  • Wish to alter the overall shape of your ears

  • Want to increase the symmetry between your ears

Protruding ears is perhaps the most frequent reason that patients get ear-reshaping surgery. The need for the procedure stems from the fact that ears that stick out too much can be a distraction from other features of an attractive face, and many people—adults, of course, but also teens, for whom protruding ears are often a source of unwanted attention—use ear reshaping to reshape the ears so that their natural resting point is closer to the head.

How Does Ear-Pinning Surgery Work?

When you come in for your private consultation with Seattle’s top facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Larrabee or Dr. Patel, at the Larrabee Center, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic goals for your ears in detail, and you’ll determine together if ear-reshaping surgery is the right answer for you.

Ear reshaping surgery takes about two hours to complete. If the patient is a younger child, general anesthesia will be used so that he or she will be able to sleep comfortably throughout the operation. However, if the patient is an adult, Dr. Larrabee or Dr. Patel may recommend local anesthesia, perhaps in combination with a sedative.

After the procedure, a soft dressing will be applied and will remain in place on the ears for a period of a few days. Discomfort is typically minimal. Patients have no problem resuming their normal daily lives within about a week.

During the procedure, the ear cartilage will be altered to be more aesthetically pleasing, and any incisions will be hidden behind the ear. The change in the shape of the ears will, of course, have no affect on your hearing. Dr. Larrabee has developed and published a suture technique for contouring the ear folds which makes the procedure simpler and more precise. You’ll never have to think about correcting the appearance of your ears again—the results of the procedure will last a lifetime.