Ear Surgery

Concern about the shape, position, or proportion of the ears is common among men and women of all ages. Whether your condition was present at birth or caused by an injury, we can help. Otoplasty, commonly called ear surgery, helps Baltimore-area patients improve the appearance and proportions of their ears and feel confident in any hairstyle.

Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)

The human ear is a very intricate structure. Developmental abnormalities of the ears are common and results from misshapen or malformed ear cartilage. Protruding ears can be a source of concern for both children and adults. Many individuals with protruding ears, especially children, experience teasing and cruelty from their peers. This can lead to low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that can improve the shape, structure, and position of the ears for both children and adults.

What results can I expect?

Otoplasty reduces the prominence of ears by improving their shape, structure, and position. Many patients feel that the procedure is life-changing because it helps them regain self-esteem and self-confidence.

Who is a good candidate for otoplasty?

Otoplasty can be performed on both children and adults who have protruding ears or ears that lack normal contour or folding. The procedure is only performed once the ear has matured to its full size, which generally occurs around 5 or 6 years of age. Patients considering an otoplasty should be in good general health and have a realistic understanding of what can be accomplished with the procedure. During your initial consultation, your Belcara Health plastic surgeon will discuss your concerns, goals, medical history, and expected result with you and determine the best treatment plan to meet your needs.

What does an otoplasty procedure involve?

Otoplasty is personalized to address your unique needs. The surgery will vary from patient to patient and can be done under local anesthesia, moderate sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the patient and extent of the surgery. Typically, your surgeon begins by making an incision behind the ear, in the natural crease where the ear meets the head. Generally, the ear cartilage is weakened and re-shaped, and excess skin and cartilage may be removed to reposition the ears in a more natural position towards the head. In some cases, it is not necessary to remove cartilage and the ear can be repositioned with sutures alone.

Where will the procedure take place?

For your privacy, convenience, and comfort, Belcara Health offers an onsite surgical suite. Because safety is our first concern, our facility meets the most stringent requirements. We are certified by Medicare and licensed by the state of Maryland as an ASC. We are one of the few outpatient surgical facilities to earn accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This high-level accreditation is proof of our commitment to the highest quality patient care and signifies that we have met the rigorous standards of a nationally recognized third party.

What should I expect during recovery?

Following otoplasty, you will be able to rest in the comfort of your own home. If your procedure was performed using anesthesia or sedation, you must have someone to drive you home after surgery. It may take several hours for the anesthesia medication to wear off, so expect to be groggy for a while.

Generally, following the surgery, we apply a soft dressing to the ears. This dressing will remain in place for 72 hours, after which an athletic headband is worn as much as possible for 10 days. You may experience some bruising or swelling in the first few days following surgery, but these typically resolve in 1 to 2 weeks.

Every patient’s recovery is different and depends upon the extent of his or her personal treatment plan. Your surgeon will give you thorough instructions that are tailored to your individual case, but in general, patients can expect the following:

  • Rest in bed the day of surgery and limit activity for the next 3 to 5 days
  • Avoid bending or lifting heavy objects for 7 days
  • Avoid strenuous activities for 7 days
  • Avoid hitting or bumping your ears
  • Typically, you can return to work within 7 days

Financing & Payment Options

Obtaining the funds for elective procedures and products can sometimes be difficult, especially in these challenging economic times. At Belcara Health, we have a dedicated financing department, designed to help you get the financing you need, for the procedures you want.

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Earlobe Surgery

Torn or stretched out earlobes are common concerns for both men and women. Years of wearing heavy earrings or gauges can stretch out the earlobes, making it difficult to wear stud earrings. Traumatic earlobe tears can occur when an earring is pulled through the bottom of the lobe. This can make it impossible to wear earrings and leads to an unattractive cosmetic deformity of the earlobe. Aging can also cause the earlobes to thin and elongate. Fortunately, earlobe repair or reduction is a simple office-based procedure that can treat these common earlobe concerns.

Who is a good candidate for earlobe surgery?

Patients in good general health but bothered by torn, stretched, or elongated earlobes may be good candidates for earlobe surgery. Patients considering earlobe surgery must have a realistic understanding of what can be accomplished with the procedure. During your initial consultation, your Belcara Health plastic surgeon will discuss your concerns, goals, medical history, and expected result with you and determine the best treatment plan to meet your needs.

What does earlobe repair involve?

The procedure is performed while you are under local anesthesia. Your surgeon makes small incisions to remove any scar tissue or abnormally formed tissue. Sutures are then used to restore the normal earlobe contour.

What should I expect during recovery?

Every patient’s recovery is different and depends upon the extent of his or her personal treatment plan. In general, there is minimal pain and downtime following earlobe repair. We prescribe a prescription ointment that should be applied three times daily until sutures are removed one week following the procedure. Most patients can return to work the same day and resume strenuous activities within 3 to 5 days.

What results should I expect?

Earlobe repair or reduction is a quick, simple procedure with minimal downtime that restores the natural shape and appearance of the earlobe. Following surgery, your ears can be re-pierced here in the office.

Questions?

It’s easier than you think to improve the look of your ears. Request your in-person consultation online or call us at (410) 296-0414 to get started.

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Dr. Bradley C. Robertson

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Facial Surgery Specialist

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Dr. Nadia K. Mostovych

Board-Certified Head & Neck Surgeon
Facial Plastic Surgeon

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