Cosmetic Ear Surgery The Long And Short Of It

In comparison to men, women tend to have smaller ears. By the time we reach about 10, our ears are almost fully grown. On the odd occasion, some teenagers ears can seem to be a bit larger than life but this is merely because we grow into our ears as we age.

After our teenage years, our ears remain pretty much the same size until the age of around 60, when they enlarge gradually specifically the lobes and the lower part of the ear. This is even more prominent in men as you will notice the next time you have a good hard look at an elderly man.

Some people become very conscious of the shape or size of their ears, due to ear deformities, genetic conditions or the effects of wearing heavy jewellery over time. People who are unhappy with their ears can become very self-conscious and go to lengths to hide them or avoid situations such as swimming or windy weather where they stand the risk of their ears being exposed. In cases like these, otoplasty is an ideal option to help them regain confidence as this procedure involves the resetting or reshaping of the ear.

What is Otoplasty?

Also known as ear reshaping or pinnaplasty, otoplasty is a form of surgery that entails correcting the shape, size or position of ones ear. People who opt for this type of cosmetic procedure do so for various reasons – ranging from personal aesthetic reasons to the need for repair after accidents or injury.

The size and shape of ones ears contributes to overall facial harmony. The ideal ear is said to be neat and small and be situated a long way from the mouth, with the top of the ear level with the eyebrow and the bottom level with the base of the nose. Any form or pinnaplasty aims to give a patient more self-esteem by correcting their ears and adding to this overall facial harmony.

How Does Otoplasty Work?

An ear reshaping surgery takes between 45 minutes to an hour (per ear), patients can choose between a local, twilight or general anaesthetic this choice is also dependent on the difficulty level of the pinnaplasty. In the case of ears being pinned back, patients will be glad to know that they can opt for a local anaesthetic, which allows them to be able to sit up prior to the stitches being tied, so that they can immediately see the results.

After an otoplasty, it is recommended that patients wear a head bandage for 7 days to protect their ears while they heal. This head bandage also serves to prevent the ears from moving forward while you move around on your pillow at night. In the case of people who cant wear a head bandage, there is also the option to wear a head band which also protects the ears for the duration of healing time.

Who Can Benefit From Ear Reshaping?

In some cases, ear size is determined by genetics and in other cases, people find that one ear is bigger than the other and they tend to appear lopsided. This growth can be attributed to a more plentiful blood supply to one ear. Reduction of the size of large ear lobes is a common patient request. Given that ear lobes dont contain cartilage, it is possible to make them significantly smaller by excising a simple skin wedge.

In the case of prominent ears (ears which tend to stick out and not slope backwards at the same angle of the nose as they are meant to), pinnaplasty is an ideal option as it corrects lopsidedness and make the ears less apparent.

People who have worn heavy earrings may find that the weight over time has caused the hole to elongate, and in some cases, the lobe can even split. Fortunately, piercings like these can also be corrected with an ear reshaping surgery.

An otoplasty is aimed at giving the patient a sense of comfort in their own skin and a boost to their self-esteem. After an ear reshaping procedure, patients will no longer have to rely on mannerisms or hairstyles to mask their ears. The new found freedom from a simple pinnaplasty procedure can do wonders for self-confidence in people of all ages, regardless of their motivation for the surgery.