Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Serving Dothan, Alabama and Panama City, Florida areas
Large, protruding ears can get unwanted attention, especially for children. For children who have been singled out for the size or projection of their ears, the comments can be harsh and biting. Children often don't know how harsh they are being to other children when they “make fun” of their protruding ears, and the consequences can be severe. Otoplasty (ear reshaping) can help children and adults to correct protruding ears so that they seem more normal and do not attract negative attention.
Everyone remember someone that they went to school with who had protruding ears. Still today many years after completing school you probably still think of that persons protruding ears every time their name is mentioned. There is a negative social and intellectual stigma on people with protruding ears.
This page contains some basic information about otoplasty, but the best way to learn whether you or your child is a candidate for this surgery is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Charles Feagin and Dr. William Owen at the Feagin & Owen Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center today.
What Otoplasty Can Do
It permanently reshapes the ear and corrects the protrusion. After having an otoplasty the negative connotations that go with protruding ears will be removed forever. An otoplasty will often be covered by insurance.
Otoplasty, sometimes called ear reshaping, ear pinning, or just ear surgery, is a facial plastic surgery that improves the appearance of a person's ears. Most commonly, it is used to correct:
- Large ears
- Protruding ears
- Unsatisfactory results from previous surgery
- Correction of deformation or injury to the ear
If any of these conditions make you feel self-conscious about your appearance, you may be a good candidate for otoplasty. In addition, the best candidates for otoplasty:
- Are at least 5 years of age
- Are in good general health
Most people feel highly relieved and happy at the results of their otoplasty procedure.
The Otoplasty Procedure
Most often, the procedure is used to reduce the extent to which ears protrude away from the head. In the procedure, a small incision is made behind the ear and a small amount of cartilage is removed. The remaining cartilage is brought together with sutures. The ear will be reshaped in the process. An otoplasty gives a permanent result.
During your consultation at the Feagin & Owen Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, you can discuss other variations on the procedure and which one is right for you.
Why Feagin & Owen for Otoplasty
Whether you are looking to correct the appearance of your ears or those of your child, the appearance of results are crucial. If the result isn't going to look better than the beginning appearance, the surgery is not worth it, so it's best not to pick a surgeon just because he or she is cheap. Any price is too much to pay for bad results. Bad results are very difficult to correct.
Dr. Charles Feagin and Dr. William Owen are board-certified plastic surgeons with over 50 years' experience helping children and adults to get great otoplasty results. To see examples of our previous work, please see our before and after gallery. We know how to help children feel comfortable and secure before their surgery, and how to help every person have the best possible experience from any plastic surgery.
To learn more about otoplasty and whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, please call or email the Feagin & Owen Cosmetic Plastic Surgical Center today.