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Dr. Papel, Dr. Kontis, and Dr. Brown provide otoplasty for patients in Baltimore, Washington D.C., Annapolis, and the surrounding areas of Maryland. Many children and adults have suffered from cruel taunting because of large or protruding ears. Patients are turning to ear surgery, commonly referred to as otoplasty, to reduce the size or protrusion of the ears. As long as your ears are fully developed, Dr. Papel, Dr. Kontis, and Dr. Brown can perform otoplasty at our aesthetic center. Children over the age of four usually have ears that are mature enough to have surgery.
What is an Otoplasty?
Otoplasty, or ear reshaping, is performed when it’s necessary to “pin back” ears that may protrude out too far or to otherwise reshape, reduce in size or surgically make a patient’s ears more symmetrical. Dr. Papel, Dr. Kontis, and Dr. Brown may recommend otoplasty in conjunction with other procedures to improve a patient’s general appearance and bring balance to the entire face. However, it can also be performed as an individual procedure to help the appearance of the ears harmonize with your face and head. Ear surgery does not affect your hearing ability.
Benefits of an Otoplasty
One of the main benefits that Dr. Papel, Dr. Kontis, and Dr. Brown have seen from ear surgery is that patients feel much more confident afterward.
The goal of otoplasty is to surgically correct the following:
- Overly large ears
- Ears that are disproportionate to the face or head
- Ears that protrude or stick out
- Asymmetry of the ears
- Excessively large or drooping earlobes
- An injury impacting the shape or position of the ears
Protruding or deformed ears can seriously undermine self-confidence and self-esteem. Few cosmetic conditions are as problematic, particularly for small children, but also for full-grown adults, as protruding ears that subject an individual to teasing and taunting. With Dr. Papel, Dr. Kontis and Dr. Brown, successful otoplasty or ear surgery will result in the patient’s ears finally being in a more natural proportion to the size and shape of the face and head.
Who is a Good Candidate for an Otoplasty?
Anyone who has concerns about protruding ears, whether young or old, can benefit from ear surgery. Children make the best candidates for otoplasty because their cartilage is extremely pliable, making reshaping much easier. Electing to have an otoplasty at a young age can also protect children from ridicule as they get older. Adults can still benefit from the otoplasty procedure but must understand that there may be certain limitations when it comes to molding and shaping the ears. During your consultation, Dr. Papel, Dr. Kontis, or Dr. Brown will examine the structure of the ears and discuss possibilities for correcting the problems, with the goal of surgery to achieve the most natural, symmetrical appearance.
How is an Otoplasty Performed?
Dr. Papel, Dr. Kontis, and Dr. Brown begin the surgery by making an incision hidden behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear and head meet. Then, the cartilage and skin will be reshaped until the desired results are achieved. In certain cases, the cartilage will be trimmed to reshape the ear. The ear will then be pinned back with sutures, securing the cartilage. Because the incisions are placed behind the ears, patients experience virtually no visible scarring. The surgery typically takes one to two hours (for two ears), and patients experience little discomfort. Adults often elect to use local anesthesia due to the low level of discomfort that is often experienced.
Recovery After an Otoplasty
After the surgery, soft dressings should be applied to the ears for a few days. Mild discomfort may be experienced during this time. Rest is important for the first week of recovery and movement should be limited to avoid swelling. The head should also be kept elevated and pressure to the ears should be avoided. Dr. Papel, Dr. Kontis, and Dr. Brown’s patients love the results of their surgery and are thrilled that they no longer experience embarrassment from large or protruding ears.
Your Consultation in Baltimore, MD
After suffering ridicule and embarrassment from large, protruding ears, patients love the new confidence that has come with their ear surgery. If you too have felt embarrassment from your ears, ear surgery with Dr. Papel, Dr. Kontis and Dr. Brown could be your solution. You can begin visualizing your results by looking through our before and after photos of our ear surgery patients.
Dr. Papel, Dr. Kontis, and Dr. Brown have performed many successful ear surgery procedures on their patients from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Annapolis and the surrounding areas of Maryland and would love a chance to discuss procedural options with you! Contact us at our Baltimore office to schedule a consultation for your otoplasty and discuss all of your options.