Most of us don’t want to be noticed for our ears. Some people have ears that protrude too far away from the sides of the head, and the shape of the ear – specifically the ear fold – can also have an abnormal appearance. If you have one or both of these concerns, you may be a candidate for otoplasty, also known as “ear pinning”. Otoplasty is a procedure in which the outer ear is reshaped and repositioned closer to the head to create the effect of a more normal shape and appearance of the ear. Ear abnormalities can vary depending on the individual and the ears can also be asymmetric.
Ear surgery is often performed in children, but is also commonly performed in adults as well. Dr. Anita Mandal encourages you to request a facial consultation online or call 561.238.0040 to meet with her and learn about otoplasty. Be sure to view her photo gallery online to see the improvements Dr. Mandal has made with otoplasty and other facial cosmetic surgery at practice near West Palm Beach.
Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure that Dr. Mandal performs in about 1 to 1½ hours while the patient is under “twilight” anesthesia. She sculpts the ear cartilages for reshaping and places sutures to bring the ears closer to the head and secure them into their new position. Sometimes, she also removes excess skin behind the ears. Since each person has their own unique anatomy, Dr. Mandal tailors the ear surgery to her patients’ specific needs.
Recovery & Results
After ear surgery, the patient’s head and ears will be wrapped with a dressing for the first few days. To help the ears heal in the desired shape, you will need to wear a special headband for several weeks, especially while sleeping. Discomfort, pain, and swelling typically resolve quickly. Sutures are removed at about 1 week and the incisions are not typically noticeable once healed.
While the improvements that Dr. Mandal’s patients attain from ear surgery are subtle, these changes consistently enhance her patients’ appearance and self-confidence. Otoplasty patients are often the most grateful cosmetic surgery patients. Whenever possible, otoplasty is preferably recommended at an early age to avoid the negative impact on a child’s confidence and self-esteem.
She’ll Show You the Way
Dr. Mandal knows that ear surgery improves the lives of many of her patients. To discover the options for you or your child, request a facial consultation online or call 561.238.0040. During the consultation, Dr. Mandal strives to educate you on your options, rather than simply convince you to have surgery. Patients visit her from throughout Palm Beach County, across Florida, and a range of national and international locations.