Otoplasty is a procedure that serves to modify the cosmetic appearance of the external part of the ear by altering its position and placement, especially if the ear is angled out from the side of the head or is otherwise protruding. Dr. Chernoff and his experienced team at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Rosa are proud to help you improve your aesthetic with otoplasty.
Who Can Benefit from Otoplasty?
Sometimes we may not be pleased with the placement or position of our ears as they naturally occur. Our ears may appear too large, too low, or protrude from the side of the head in a manner we dislike. This procedure allows us to achieve a sleeker or more streamlined appearance by adjusting the shape, angle, or placement of the external part of the ear to your liking.
The procedure allows for modification of the external ear in terms of shape or positioning as well as proportion. Though the ears aren’t technically part of the face, they frame the appearance of the face and contribute to our overall appearance from the side and in profile. If the ears are large, angled out, or in some way misshapen, they can significantly affect one’s overall look.
What Can Otoplasty Do for Me?
Otoplasty allows for the skilled and subtle restructuring, reshaping, or repositioning of the ear to achieve a more desirable appearance. This procedure also allows for the correction of defects of the external ear such as “cauliflower ear,” a deformity of the ear also known as perichondrial hematoma or “wrestler’s ear.”
Cauliflower ear is caused by any trauma to the outer ear which causes a specific type of swelling. The otoplasty procedure, in addition to repositioning or realigning the ear, can also repair this type of outer ear injury. Dr. Chernoff also treats special cases in which patients are born without an external ear or are born with badly deformed ears. All of these abnormalities in the external ear can be effectively corrected with otoplasty.
How Is Otoplasty Performed?
Dr. Chernoff takes the utmost care to perform a gentle otoplasty procedure to ensure patients are entirely comfortable and at ease before, during, and after the procedure. The procedure itself is performed with an incision behind or in the back of the ear to reposition and remove excess cartilage and tissue. The ear is then gently reshaped and repositioned.
After the procedure, patients may experience some bruising or swelling of the ears and may also experience some mild discomfort which passes quickly. Significant pain is rare, and medication can successfully be used to treat and control any residual soreness. The swelling of the site where the procedure was performed typically subsides within the first few days, and any bruising will disappear within a few weeks.