• 18 May 2016

It may not be a common concern, but there are people who are unhappy with the size and shape of their ears. Some ears protrude more than they should, while others droop too low. There are even people with asymmetrical ears.

Fortunately, these people can undergo otoplasty in Miami, a plastic surgery procedure that alters the shape and size of the ears. Geared towards adults and children alike, otoplasty can be done for either cosmetic or corrective reasons, as it can correct congenital ear defects and malformations due to injury.

Unlike other invasive surgical procedures, you can undergo otoplasty using only local anesthesia. For children and other fidgety patients, a mild sedative can also be given. Incisions are usually made behind the ear to expose the cartilage. The cartilage is then reshaped and excess skin is removed. The ear is positioned more closely to the head, and then the incision is closed with sutures.

If you are wondering if you are the ideal candidate for an otoplasty, here are four reasons that just might answer your question.

You suffered trauma in your ears.

otoplasty miami 322Trauma or injury to the ears is one of the biggest reasons why people opt for an otoplasty.

A common ear deformity stemming from trauma is cauliflower ear, which is caused by repeated injury to the ears. In this condition, the cartilage gets separated from the ear's perichondrium—a membrane that covers the cartilage—and gets filled with fluid. As a result, the ear becomes permanently cartilaginous and deformed.

Another reason to get an otoplasty is when your ears are affected with skin cancer or malignant melanoma. Otoplasty can help reconstruct the tissue left over by the skin cancer.

For patients who suffered from these traumatic injuries, an ear reconstructive surgery is required. To reconstruct the ear, the surgeon takes some cartilage from the patient's ribs. The cartilage is then connected to the patient's skin located in the area where the new ear is to be reconstructed.

The surgeon uses the skin to envelope the ear prosthesis. Once in place, the doctor recreates the pinna and all the other key structures of the ear. Follow-up surgeries are needed to form the earlobe and separate the pinna from the rest of the head.

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You are born with an ear defect.

Another reason to undergo otoplasty is when you are born with an ear defect. Some of the defects that can be treated by otoplasty include the following:

  • Cagot Ear – the absence of earlobes
  • Microtia – severely small and underdeveloped ears
  • Macrotia – abnormally large ears
  • Cryptotia – the upper curved portion of the ear is embedded in the scalp
  • Cat's Ear – the edges of the ears are folded forward
  • Scroll Ear – the ears are curled forward like a rolled-up scroll
  • Constricted Ear – partial absence of skin and cartilage on the outer back portion of the ear
  • Lop Ear – the ears are severely curved inward, resembling a cup
  • Stahl's Ear Deformity – the abnormal folding of the ears creates a pointed edge, similar to an elf's ear
  • Wildermuth's Ear – the top curve of the ear is reversed as it curves toward the scalp
  • Cleft Earlobe – the presence of an indent in the earlobe
  • Cosman Ear – the ear has a separation in the skull between the earlobe and the outer curve of the ear, resembling a question mark

Just like traumatic ear injuries, these congenital defects can be treated with a reconstructive ear surgery.

You are constantly teased because of your ears.

Your ears are one of the most visible parts of your face, so it is easy to notice them if they are too big, too small, or weird-looking. Long hair can cover them up, but this is a temporary solution that will not work all the time. It can be a source of embarrassment, especially if people tease you about it all the time.

Even children are not spared from this embarrassment. In fact, they are vulnerable to bullying by their classmates because of their prominent ears. That is why many parents opt to subject their children to otoplasty at a young age for fear of the negative effects of bullying.

If you are one of those people who grew up being teased or bullied because of your ears, then otoplasty is something that you should consider. A simple otoplasty can dramatically improve your looks and make you feel more normal and beautiful.

Your confidence is affected by the size of your ears.

If you are uncomfortable with the appearance of your ears, then the feeling of shame will never leave you. You will always be afraid to tuck your hair behind your ears, remove that bonnet, or even tie your hair into a ponytail for fear that this would draw attention to your already prominent ears. Needless to say, this could send your confidence and self-esteem levels to an all-time low.

Many people who choose to undergo otoplasty do so because of cosmetic reasons. You can also do the same if you are not comfortable with the size and shape of your ears. Plastic surgeons make use of different techniques to achieve the results that you want, whether it be to pin your ears closer to your head or to alter their shape and make them more rounded. Just like other cosmetic surgeries, otoplasty will surely boost your self-esteem.

Aside from these four reasons why you should get an otoplasty, this procedure also has a lot of benefits. It has been proven safe because there is little to no risks involved. It also necessitates minimal downtime, as you only need to recover for approximately a week. You do not even need to worry about other people finding out about your ear job because it produces natural-looking results. There is also minimal scarring once it has fully healed. Most of all, you can choose how you want your ears to look after the surgery.

If you think that an otoplasty is right for you, schedule a consultation with us to help you learn more about the procedure, including its costs and risks. You can talk to one of our board-certified cosmetic surgeons who have had extensive experience in the field of ear surgery at Face + Body Cosmetic Surgery in Miami, Florida.

Reference:

http://www.docshop.com/education/cosmetic/face/ear-surgery