Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is performed by plastic surgeon, Dr. William Wallace, to reshape and reposition the ears so they conform to the natural shape of the face. Also referred to as ear pinning or ear reshaping, this procedure corrects the position, structure and proportion of the ears. A combination of different techniques are used to sculpt the ears, but often involves a small precise incision behind the ear to contour the cartilage for desired results. Sometimes the abnormal form of ears is a result from birth or injury. Large or protruding ears can rob an individual of their self-confidence but at Fleming Island Plastic Surgery, Dr. William Wallace makes beautiful proportionate ears a reality. Dr. Wallace is also skilled to treat patients with a torn or damaged earlobe. This is different than otoplasty, but still is a surgical procedure of the ear that creates natural, pleasing results.
"Dr. Wallace is one of the most caring and talented doctors I have ever met. And as a paraplegic I have worked with quite a few."- S. / Healthgrades / Jul 10, 2017
"He answered every question in detail, was very knowledgeable, and quick to get back to me. His office staff is stellar, especially Erin, who I had to keep in touch with quite a bit regarding my insurance. I recommend him to everyone who is looking for a plastic surgeon in our area."- C.K. / Google / Sep 03, 2018
"Dr. Wallace did a scar revision on my daughter after an accident left her with nerves bundled at the top of the scar. He was able to not only minimize the scar appearance but also got rid of the nerve pain that she experienced daily. Now she will be back to wearing boots and strappy sandals!! Thank you Dr. Wallace!"- M.A. / Google / Aug 15, 2018
"Dr Wallace and all of his staff are very nice and professional!! Highly recommend Fleming Island Plastic surgery!!"- B.P. / Google / Aug 15, 2018
"Dr. Wallace is awesome and helped me in such a quick manner. I had to get stitches and he was on call on a Sunday when I needed him. He arrived to the ER where I was within 10 minutes and got me all stitched up in no time. I recently Went to his office to have stitches removed and the entire staff was very helpful and friendly. Stitches are out and you cannot even see where I had them! Perfect precision. Would definitely recommend Fleming Island Plastic Surgery and Dr. Wallace."- D.H. / Yelp / Aug 14, 2018
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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- Average Cost
- $3,500 - $5,500
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 EarS 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.