Prominent and asymmetric ears can be a source of childhood teasing or personal dissatisfaction. Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that is used to set back the ear and improve its contour and symmetry. Dr. Stephen Weber, a double board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon in Denver, CO, cares for pediatric and adult patients who have concerns about the size and/or shape of their ears.
What specific conditions can otoplasty be used to correct?
Dr. Weber commonly performs otoplasty to improve the following:
- Overly large ears
- Asymmetric ears
- Protruding ears that stick out
- A large conchal bowl
- A lop, cup, or shell ear
During your initial consultation, Dr. Weber will go into specific detail when explaining what he will improve during your surgery.
Are there risks associated with otoplasty?
There are risks associated with all surgical procedures. The risks specific to otoplasty will be discussed at your initial consultation with Dr. Weber. The majority of patients find that the potential benefits of otoplasty outweigh the risks.
Can my child have otoplasty?
Children as young as five years old may undergo otoplasty. Improving the appearance of the ears with otoplasty can help reduce any teasing and bullying that your child is experiencing because of their ears. Dr. Weber has performed the procedure on countless pediatric patients. At your child’s initial consultation, Dr. Weber will let you and your child know exactly what to type of results to expect after surgery.
Can otoplasty be performed on adults?
Absolutely. Men and women who are uncomfortable with the size and/or shape of their ears commonly undergo otoplasty. Following surgery, patients feel great about their results. More attention is drawn to the area around the eyes and patients appear more attractive as a result. In most cases, adult otoplasty can be performed in Dr. Weber’s office with local anesthesia and oral sedation.
What are some of the psychological benefits seen after otoplasty?
Patients who undergo otoplasty commonly see a boost in self-confidence and self-esteem. Other psychological benefits may also be seen. This is something that Dr. Weber will discuss with you at your initial consultation.
Will I have a scar following my procedure?
A scar forms after all surgical procedures. Because Dr. Weber uses a tiny incision and carefully places it behind the ear, the scar following an otoplasty procedure is not noticeable. Patients can wear their hair in a ponytail and their scar will go unnoticed. The same goes for patients who are bald.
When will I be able to see my results?
Results are seen as soon as postoperative swelling goes down and surgical dressings are removed. The time frame for this is usually between five to seven days. The quick results of otoplasty dramatically improve patients’ lives.
Can I get an ear infection after surgery?
Dr. Weber takes every precaution necessary to avoid postoperative ear infections. The risk of getting an ear infection is very small. Dr. Weber will explain everything you need to know about preventing ear infections at your initial consultation.
What should I avoid after surgery?
Dr. Weber advises his patients to avoid the following immediately after their surgery:
- Activities that place direct force on the ear
- Excessive sunlight
- Tanning beds
- He also advises patients to stop smoking at least two weeks before and after surgery as nicotine can interfere with healing processes.
Will I be able to sleep in my bed after my surgery?
You will be able to sleep comfortably in your bed after surgery. Dr. Weber will go into great detail explaining exactly how you can lay down without putting excessive force on your ears.
Will surgery affect my hearing?
No. Changing the shape of your ear will not in any way affect your hearing.
Is Dr. Weber a board-certified plastic surgeon?
Dr. Weber is a double board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon. Dr. Weber’s education includes the following:
- A five-year Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery residency at Oregon Health and Science University
- A fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan
- Dr. Weber is highly regarded as one of the top Facial Plastic Surgeons in the United States.
Can I see before-and-after pictures of some of Dr. Weber’s patients who have had an otoplasty procedure?
Of course! Dr. Weber believes before-and-after pictures are an invaluable resource for you to use when making your decision to undergo surgery. He will go into great detail when explaining photos. He will show you exactly how your results will compare to the ones seen in the photos.
Is there anything I can do to prepare for my initial consultation with Dr. Weber?
Dr. Weber asks patients to bring the following to their consultation:
- A list of all medications and herbal supplements they are currently taking
- A list of the drugs they are allergic to
- A list of medical conditions they have been diagnosed with
- A list of previous surgeries
Dr. Weber also encourages patients to contemplate the reasons why they are interested in having surgery to improve their condition.
How do I determine if I am a candidate for surgery?
As previously mentioned, otoplasty is generally reserved for patients who are healthy and have a positive mindset and realistic expectations. The definitive way to determine if you are a candidate is to attend an initial consultation with Dr. Weber.