Prominent ears can be a psychologically challenging experience for the young adult and child, often drawing ridicule from peers. The prominent ear may take several forms, but both result from misshapen cartilage during intrauterine growth. After careful consideration as to the exact anatomical alteration, a surgical procedure known commonly as otoplasty may be undertaken to re-shape the ear cartilage and return the ears to a more natural configuration in relation to the remainder of the face and head. When undertaken at a young age prior to the development of self identification and peer involvement of the elementary years, most children will forget the experience altogether and never encounter any unfavorable social interactions.
To determine if a patient is a good candidate for this procedure, Dr. Buckingham recommends a private patient consultation.
Dr. Buckingham feels that successful facial plastic surgery results from the development and maintenance of good rapport between the patient, the surgeon, and his staff during the consultation and future appointments. The consultation will include a complete facial analysis to determine the best procedure to bring about the desired results and all questions relating to the patients specific concerns will be addressed.
Prospective patients are encouraged to call the office to schedule an appointment at their earliest convenience.
Find answers to Ear Pinning questions in Dr. Buckingham’s Q&A.
Frequently Asked Otoplasty Questions
Q – What is ear surgery?
Ear surgery, which is medically known as otoplasty, is a procedure that helps to improve the appearance of prominent or misshapen ears. The surgery can place prominent ears closer to the head or reduce the size of large ears. Otoplasty is commonly performed on children between 4 and 14 years of age, though the surgery can also be performed later on in life. When performed at an early age, the surgery can help spare children and young adults the psychological challenges that can be associated with prominent ears.
Q – Who is the best candidate for ear surgery?
Potential candidates for ear surgery are over the age of four and are in good physical health with realistic expectations for the improvement of large or protruding ears. A private patient consultation with Dr. Buckingham is the best way to determine if otoplasty is right for you.
Q – Are there any age restrictions for ear surgery?
Ear surgery is primarily performed on children between the ages of 4 and 14, though it can also be performed later on with adults.
Q – What can I expect during a consultation for ear surgery?
During the consultation for ear surgery, Dr. Buckingham will perform a complete facial analysis to determine the best techniques to achieve your desired results.
Any questions or concerns that you have about the ear surgery procedure or plastic surgery in general will be addressed at this time.