Ear Surgery, also known as Otoplasty, improves the shape & position of the ear and creates a more natural shape bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth, or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury. Otoplasty performed on more children than adults and corrects one of the only physical abnormalities that cries out for cosmetic surgery. Children with protruding ears, or “lop” ears (where the tip of the ear fold over), are often victims of cruel nicknames like “Radar” or “Dumbo,” which can lead to poor self-esteem, poor social skills, and low classroom participation. “The sooner, the better for corrective ear surgery,” says Dr. Burke Robinson. “Better to correct the defect before psychological damage from peer ridicule occurs.”
Ear Surgery Procedure & Recovery
An incision is placed in the crease behind the ear. Dr. Robinson then removes the necessary amounts of cartilage and skin required to achieve the right effect. In some cases, he may need to trim the cartilage, shaping it into a more desirable form and then pin the cartilage back with a permanent suture to secure the cartilage. In other instances, he does not remove any cartilage at all, using stitches to hold the cartilage permanently in place. After sculpting the cartilage to the desired shape, Dr. Robinson uses sutures to anchor the ear until healing occurs to hold the ear in the desired position.
A soft, thick dressing is placed on the head for one day. When the dressing is removed the ears will be somewhat swollen. A soft headband is worn at night to protect the ears. The patient can return to school or work in less than a week and full activity (including sports) in approximately two weeks.
Who is a Good Candidate for Ear Surgery?
Most patients know themselves if they are a candidate for an Otoplasty or Ear Surgery. This is an inherited trait, and in general presents with an angle between the external ear and the skull of >30 degrees. There are two different minor malformations of the ear that cause this. One is a poorly formed antihelical fold, and the other is an overdeveloped/large conchal bowl. These two findings can appear in a varied mixed degree e.g. isolated or both together and on one or both ears. Correction is performed through a well-hidden incision behind the ear using permanent sutures for a permanent result.
With two convenient office locations, one in Alpharetta and one in Dunwoody, our RFPS team serves patients throughout the metro Atlanta area. Dr. Robinson performs all his surgeries at fully-accredited facilities scheduling at either Northside Alpharetta Surgery Center or Atlanta Outpatient Surgery Center.
Burke Robinson, MD, FACS
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Dr. Burke Robinson is an award-winning Top Doctor with over 28 years of experience dedicated to only facial cosmetic surgery.
He has devoted his life to helping others transform their dream look into a beautiful reality while maintaining natural-looking results.
Atlanta's Finest Facial Plastic Surgeon
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