- Overly large ears
- Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides
- “Lop ear,” “cupped ear,” and “shell ear”
- Large or stretched earlobes
- Lobes with creases and wrinkles
Ear surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia depending on the amount of correction necessary and the discomfort level of the patient. Dr. Swail will recommend the best option following an initial consultation.
Incisions are generally made behind the ear. When necessary, incisions may be made on the front of the ear, but will be hidden in the natural folds and creases of the ear to minimize visible scarring. Once the incision is made, cartilage is re-shaped to match the desired contour of the newly shaped ear. It is secured in place by internal, non-removable sutures.
Ear Surgery Results
Results following otoplasty are almost immediate in cases of correcting a protruding ear. In more extensive surgeries, results may appear in stages over time. Any scarring as a result of the procedure is generally hidden behind the ear or in the natural folds and creases of the ear.
Dr. Swail meets with each patient personally to discuss his or her desired outcome and expectations prior to each procedure. This allows him to design a customized otoplasty procedure to achieve great long-lasting results.