We are all born with some aesthetic quality that’s a little different from others around us and for the most part, we can live with these things just fine. For some, there are a few that can call extra attention to our body such as the positioning and shape of our ears. An otoplasty can help patients with these specific concerns reduce any deformities in the ear, slight sizing concerns and any other enhancements they would like to change such as excess skin or contouring. As the ear serves the function of hearing, we maintain the basic structure for hearing performance but based on your particular case we can reshape or pin back the ear as it suits you.
Types of Otoplasty:
- Ear Pinning: This procedure helps people reduce the outward projection of the ears by pinning them back, should they stick out.
- Ear Shaping: During this procedure, we can reshape the ear in places such as the helix, which is the top portion of cartilage, cochlea (inner ear) shape and earlobe.
- Ear Repair: Should any function of hearing be inhibited, we can rebuild and repair the ear so the conchal bowl (opening to the inner ear) is clear and the proper shaping can enhance hearing and protection of the internal ear.
Self-Esteem and Early Otoplasty
Dr Paul Gerarchi often recommends that children with enlarged ears or malformations of the ear should have these surgeries performed as soon as possible. In fact, the best age for otoplasty in children is before they start school, before the age of five. The reason we recommend these surgeries for younger patients at The Face Institute is that it saves them from bullying and self-esteem damage in their social interactions. Kids can be cruel since they don’t always understand that the way we come into this world isn’t our choice.
For women and girls, instead of having to wear their hair down to cover their ears, this surgery will allow them to change it up and wear whatever hairstyle they like as they won’t be worried about how their ears look. These otoplasty surgeries change lives in people of all ages. No matter what your personal motivation is for an otoplasty, it does make a big difference and we see this very often with our patients at TFI.
Should you decide to have an otoplasty with Dr Paul Gerarchi, general or local anaesthesia is administered for your comfort throughout the process. Based on the type of otoplasty you need, you and your plastic surgeon would have made a surgical plan to explain your desired results, so you know what to expect. Incisions are made in the back fold of the ear to pin the ear back, or in front of the ear where the helix and anti-helix meet to correct malformations.
Once the incision is made, your doctor will place sutures by delicately peeling back the skin and tightening the position of the ear, so it no longer sticks out. Any extra skin in this area is removed and the ear is neatly pulled back. In addition to this tightening of the skin, we can also remove a portion of the cartilage and insert any structural implants required to create or recreate a missing feature in the ear’s appearance. The sutures are closed and any compression dressings are placed over them to be removed 1-7 days following the procedure.
The otoplasty with Dr Paul Gerarchi is one of the procedures that can make a big difference in the way you look and feel about yourself, so it’s one worth the recommendation at TFI. If you’re interested in having an otoplasty procedure done, call TFI on 02 9412 4599.