Do your ears stick out too far? Do they lack the delicate detail – the peaks, valleys, and curves – that they should have? You can try to hide your ears with long hair, a scarf, or a hat, but why limit yourself in this way when ear reshaping (otoplasty) is readily available?
If an ear reshaping procedure is right for you, we will discuss in detail what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Typically, the ears can be repositioned through small hidden incisions (in creases behind the ear). It doesn’t take long to improve your image and appearance.
The procedure itself consists of making a small incision at the back of the ear, sculpting the cartilage, and then using stitches to help maintain the ear’s new shape. Dr. Spiegel typically performs the procedure right in the office. You are usually given local anesthesia and are able to return home that same day.
You will need to wear a soft bandage around your head to help protect the restored shape of your ears while they heal. Discomfort is minimal and of course, pain medication can easily control any discomfort you may experience. We’ll replace the bandages with lighter ones within a few days and remove the stitches after one week.
Most patients can return to their regular routine at this time. I urge patients to avoid strenuous activity in which the ear might get bent for at least a month. A faint scar behind the ear is difficult to see, but visible after the procedure. This will fade over time.
The aim of the procedure is not to radically change how you look, but by reshaping your ears, we will improve your overall appearance. People will see you and ask “have you lost weight?” or “did you buy new clothes?” because their perception is that you look happier and better. Our goal is to work with your natural look and help you to be your best.
I am so lucky to have met Dr. Spiegel and his incredible team. I have always been hesitant about personally moving forward with my own cosmetic interests, specifically otoplasty (ear pinning) and injectibles. However, I was confident that Dr. Spiegel would be the best choice for my needs. During the consultation, he spent a lot of time with me – making me feel extremely comfortable & answering all of my questions. I cannot rave enough about his amazing staff. I have personally had a lot of contact with Kelly and Katie who are extremely friendly, professional, and always make me feel so comfortable. The office is also conveniently located, and gorgeous. My results are fantastic and I am so happy I found a doctor in Boston that I can trust. I continue coming to Dr. Spiegel for my botox, restylane and more because he really is the best and I look and feel better each time! I highly recommend Dr. Spiegel to anyone who is searching for a facial plastic surgeon.
Related Procedures to Consider
Related Blog Posts
It’s Official, Otoplasty Top Teen Procedure of 2010
With the bullying epidemic on the rise in the United States many teens have been turning to plastic surgery to help them out. Of course facial plastic surgery for a teen who doesn’t need it from a health standpoint is a very frowned upon effort but Otoplasty ear surgery has been beneficial for some who feel their…
Otoplasty: Ear shaping
Have you ever wondered what is the purpose of the external ear? I know that ears are for hearing, but why do we have the curvy cartilaginous structure outside of the ear canal? It’s likely that the external ear (or auricle) is used to help focus sound waves towards your ear canal so that they can be heard better.…