Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery or ear pinning, is a cosmetic procedure performed to reshape and reposition the ears. It is commonly done to correct prominent or protruding ears, ear deformities, or to improve the overall balance and symmetry of the face. Otoplasty can enhance both the appearance and self-confidence of individuals who feel self-conscious about the size, shape, or position of their ears.

What isOtoplasty?

During otoplasty, Dr. Okland will make incisions either behind the ears or within the natural folds of the ears. The specific technique used will depend on the individual's unique circumstances and desired outcomes. Dr. Okland may remove excess cartilage or reshape and reposition the existing cartilage to create a more aesthetically pleasing ear shape. In some cases, sutures may be used to secure the cartilage in its new position. The incisions are then closed, and the ears are bandaged for protection and support.

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How does Otoplasty work?

The procedure works by altering the structure of the ears to achieve the desired shape and position. Dr. Okland carefully sculpts the cartilage to create a more balanced and proportionate appearance. By repositioning the ears closer to the head and improving their shape, otoplasty can bring about a significant transformation in the overall facial harmony. The surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation, or general anesthesia, ensuring the patient's comfort throughout the procedure. Dr. Okland will discuss the details and options during the consultation to develop a personalized treatment plan based on the individual's needs and goals.

What are the Benefits of Otoplasty?

Enhanced Ear Proportions

Otoplasty can correct prominent or protruding ears, bringing them into better proportion with the rest of the face. This can improve facial balance and symmetry.

Improved Self-Confidence

Many individuals who feel self-conscious about their prominent or misshapen ears may experience a boost in self-esteem and confidence after otoplasty. The surgery can help individuals feel more comfortable and at ease with their appearance.

Corrected Ear Deformities

Otoplasty can address a variety of ear deformities, including congenital abnormalities or ear injuries. It can restore a more natural shape and contour to the ears, improving both their appearance and function.

Customized Results

Otoplasty is a highly customizable procedure. Dr. Okland will work closely with the individual to understand their specific concerns and desired outcomes. The surgery can be tailored to achieve the desired ear shape, size, and position, ensuring personalized and natural-looking results.

Long-lasting Results

Otoplasty offers long-lasting results, meaning that once the ears are reshaped and repositioned, the changes are generally permanent. The corrected ear shape can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Improved Emotional Well-being

By addressing the aesthetic concerns related to the ears, otoplasty can positively impact an individual's emotional well-being. It can reduce feelings of self-consciousness, improve body image, and enhance overall quality of life.

Procedure Timeline

CONSULTATION: During the initial consultation, you will meet with the plastic surgeon to discuss your goals, evaluate your ears, and determine if you are a good candidate for otoplasty. Dr. Okland will explain the procedure, discuss the expected outcomes, and address any questions or concerns you may have.

PRE-OPERATIVE PREPARATION: Before the surgery, you will receive instructions from Dr. Okland regarding pre-operative guidelines. This may include avoiding certain medications, arranging for transportation on the day of the surgery, and fasting prior to the procedure.

SURGERY: On the day of the surgery, you will undergo the otoplasty procedure. The surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on Dr. Okland's recommendation and your preferences. Dr. Okland will make incisions behind the ears, reshape the cartilage, and secure the ears in a new position that enhances their appearance.

RECOVERY: After the surgery, you will be monitored in a recovery area until you are awake and stable. You may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the ears, which is normal and can be managed with prescribed pain medication. You will be given specific post-operative instructions, including how to care for your incisions, use any dressings or bandages, and manage your recovery at home.

POST-OPERATIVE APPOINTMENTS: You will have several follow-up appointments with Dr. Okland during the recovery period. These appointments allow Dr. Okland to monitor your healing progress, remove any sutures or dressings, and address any concerns or questions you may have. The timing and frequency of these appointments will be determined by Dr. Okland.


Frequently Asked Questions?

You may be a good candidate for otoplasty if you have prominent or protruding ears, misshapen ears, asymmetrical ears, or if you are unhappy with the appearance of your ears. It is important to have realistic expectations and be in good overall health.
During otoplasty, incisions are made behind the ear to access the cartilage. The cartilage is then reshaped and repositioned to create a more aesthetically pleasing ear shape. In some cases, excess skin may be removed. The incisions are closed with sutures, and dressings are applied to protect the ears during the initial healing period.
Otoplasty is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain during the surgery. After the procedure, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, and mild pain, but these can be managed with pain medications prescribed by Dr. Okland.
After otoplasty, you will need to wear a protective bandage or headband for a few days to support the ears and aid in the healing process. You should avoid activities that could potentially harm the ears, such as contact sports, for a few weeks. Swelling and bruising will gradually subside over the following weeks, and you will be able to see the final results after a few months.
Like any surgical procedure, otoplasty carries some risks, although they are relatively rare. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring, asymmetry, numbness, and changes in sensation. It is important to discuss these potential risks with Dr. Okland during your consultation.
The incisions for otoplasty are typically placed behind the ears, where they can be easily concealed. As a result, any resulting scars will be well-hidden and generally fade over time.

Why choose Dr. Okland for Otoplasty?

Expertise and Experience

Dr. Okland is a skilled facial plastic surgeon who has significant experience in cosmetic ear surgery. In fact, Dr. Okland has performed pediatric reconstructive procedures of the entire ear on mission trips to Guatemala, as well as otoplasty.

Personalized Approach

We understand that every individual is unique, and we take a personalized approach to each patient. During your consultation, we will carefully listen to your concerns, assess your specific needs, and create a treatment plan tailored to achieve your desired outcome. Your goals and preferences will guide our approach throughout the entire process.

Advanced Techniques

Dr. Okland stay up to date with the latest advancements and techniques in otoplasty. We utilize state-of-the-art technology and innovative surgical techniques to deliver precise and natural-looking results. Our commitment to continuous learning ensures that you receive the most advanced and effective treatment options available.

Comprehensive Care

From your initial consultation to post-operative follow-up appointments, we provide comprehensive care at every stage of your otoplasty journey. Our dedicated team will guide you through the entire process, offering support, answering your questions, and addressing any concerns you may have. We strive to provide a comfortable and caring environment for our patients.

Patient Satisfaction

Our top priority is your satisfaction and happiness with the results of your otoplasty. We take great pride in the positive feedback and testimonials we receive from our patients. By choosing us, you can trust that we will go above and beyond to ensure your expectations are met, and you are thrilled with your new appearance.

Safety and Results

We prioritize your safety throughout the entire otoplasty procedure. Dr. Okland adhere to strict safety protocols, maintain a sterile surgical environment, and employ the highest standards of patient care. We strive to achieve natural-looking results that enhance your facial harmony and boost your self-confidence.

Schedule a Consultation

Please fill out the form below to schedule a personalized consultation with our experienced team specializing in otoplasty procedures. Dr. Okland understands the importance of addressing your specific concerns and helping you achieve the desired aesthetic improvements for your ears. During your consultation, Dr. Okland will carefully evaluate your needs, discuss the procedure in detail, and answer any questions you may have. With a personalized approach, Dr. Okland will develop a customized treatment plan tailored specifically to your unique goals and desired outcomes.

Take the first step towards enhancing the appearance of your ears and boosting your self-confidence by scheduling your consultation today. We are committed to guiding you through the process and assisting you in achieving natural-looking and long-lasting results.