Ear surgery or otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that can reshape the ears, decrease their size, or pin back ears that protrude for natural-looking, proportionate appearance. Otoplasty can give patients as young as 6 years old confidence, freedom from anxiety, and avoid teasing during their childhood. At Dr. Robert J Paresi, Jr. MD in Chicago, plastic surgeon Dr. Paresi adsresses abnormalities of the ears with ear surgery that removes excess cartilage, repositions the ears for a better fit with the face's natural contours, and pins back ears that stick out too far.
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"Dr Paresi is a Very Wonderful Doctor! He is not only Very Professional and Very Intelligent but Very Kind as well! He goes above and beyond to make you happy about the results of your procedure. He is a perfectionist which is exceptional! I Highly Recommend his Services! Also his staff is so very friendly and always willing to help in such a nice manner! Margaret Richter"- M.M. / Facebook / Sep 28, 2019
"Great group of a professionals. Dr Paresis did a wonderful job and has great bedside manner. His staff was very helpful all the way through this process! I'm very happy with the results of my surgery. I was extremely happy with the many follow up appointments to make sure everything was healing correctly and to address any concerns I had."- H.S. / Google / Sep 17, 2019
"This is a great group. The office is clean and the staff is very friendly. The Dr spent plenty of time answering all my questions. I especially appreciate that they treat the follow up equally as import as the surgery itself. I am thrilled with the results and would go back to the same group if I chose to have any additional procedures."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Sep 13, 2019
"Dr. Paresi and his staff are amazing! I had a wonderful experience from start to finish! Kim is very knowledgeable and personable. Regina is the sweetest soul to have walked this earth. Dr. Paresi is very experienced and took the time to answer all of my questions. I had a tummy tuck in April. I'm a mother of twins. I carried two heathy babies to term. The cost? My abdominals. There was a severe separation and I lacked core strength, not to mention... a waistline. Not only am I happy with the results, but the tightening of my abdominals has stopped ALL of my hip and lower back pain!"- J.M. / Google / Sep 11, 2019
The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. First, there may be an insufficient amount of ear cartilage to support the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage where the ear canal starts. Both issues will cause the ear to protrude outward. In some cases, the ears may appear too large. Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be addressed and either removed or reshaped. Then, the cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds of the ear so scarring is not an issue.
All otoplasties are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about 2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients will be sent home with their heads wrapped in a compression bandage, which will later be replaced with lighter bandaging. Initially, patients will feel discomfort if they attempt to move their ears. This will subside in a few days. Younger patients will need to be monitored so they do not touch or play with their ears during the healing process.
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Ear Surgery FAQs
The results following an otoplasty procedure are long lasting. However, just like any other cosmetic procedure, aging and gravity may cause increased laxity. This could eventually affect the position of the ears. For the most part, the improvements made with this surgery are still significant.
Children between the ages of 4-6 are considered within the ideal range for this surgery. From an anatomical standpoint, the cartilage is still soft and will be easier to remold and manipulate. From a psychological standpoint, having this surgery before starting elementary school can help avoid teasing and ridicule from classmates.
Both Ear or Just One?
In the majority of cases, both ears are affected. Therefore, surgery is performed on both ears. However, there may sometimes be an abnormality in just one ear. If this is the case, surgery will be performed on the affected ear, which will be made to match the opposing ear.