Prominent ears can be a source of embarrassment. Ear surgery or otoplasty in Virginia Beach is a reshaping procedure that can create a more natural ear shape and ear position.
During the consultation Dr. Hubbard carefully evaluates ear position and shape. He explains what folds may not have developed properly or what parts of the ear overgrew. Each ear, with its unique shape, requires a unique plan. The plan includes cartilage reshaping, often partial removal and suture control or positioning.
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People who feel that their ears that are too large or whose ears protrude too far from the head can benefit from otoplasty. Individuals who are dissatisfied with the shape of their ears are also good candidates for surgery.
Dr. Hubbard makes an incision behind the ear to access the underlying cartilage, but little or no skin is removed. Then, carefully pre-planned zones of cartilage are weakened so that they bend the proper amount. The new shape is held with sutures beneath the skin. In adults, this surgery is done under local anesthesia and most individuals can drive home following their procedure.
A dressing that wraps around the head is worn for 4 to 6 days. Oral medication easily controls any discomfort. Most people can return to work in 4 to 6 days but exertion and exercise must be avoided for 10 days. An elastic headband is worn at night for 2 months.
Modern otoplasty or "ear pinning" involves molding the ears into a more normal position and often improving the actual shape of the ear as well. Fortunately, this can be done with an approach on the backside of the ears to minimize scarring. The ear cartilage is weakened at specific sites and small permanent sutures are placed. This surgery is easily tolerated in adults with complete local anesthesia. The ears are one of the easiest sites on the body to completely anesthetize. In children, general anesthesia is usually necessary. A dressing is typically left in place 4 to 6 days.
Please visit our photo gallery page to see examples of otoplasty procedures.