Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)

Probably no other physical characteristic cries out for facial plastic surgery more than protruding ears. Children, long the victims of cruel nicknames like “Dumbo” or “Mickey Mouse”, are the most likely candidates for Otoplasty, but this surgery can be performed at any age after the ears have reached full size, usually around five to six years of age. Even if the ears are only mildly distorted, the condition can lead to self-consciousness and poor adaptation to school.

Adults may also benefit from this procedure, which improves self-esteem with relative ease. Frequently adults with protruding ears grow tired of limiting their hair styles to cover their ears. Not only is it possible to “pin back” ears, but ears can also be reshaped, reduced in size, or made more symmetrical.

Surgery begins with an incision just behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear is joined to the head. Dr. Kashani will then remove the necessary amounts of cartilage and skin required to achieve the right effect. In some cases, Dr. Kashani will trim cartilage, shaping it into a more desirable form and then pull the cartilage back with permanent sutures to secure the cartilage. After sculpting the cartilage to the desired shape, Dr. Kashani will apply sutures to anchor the ear until healing occurs to hold the ear in the desired position.