Ear surgery is commonly performed on children and teenagers. An ear tuck procedure is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. Since ears are almost fully grown by age four, an otoplasty can be done at an early age by an ear surgeon, such as Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. The earlier the ear tuck procedure is done, the better it tends to be for children because, while big ears are not a medical problem, the teasing and ridicule that can occur as a result may create problems all their own. Otoplasty—the clinical word for ear surgery—is also done on adults with generally no additional risks for an older patient.
The Otoplasty Surgery
With one of the more common techniques, Newport Beach otoplasty specialist Dr. Lawton will make a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. She will then sculpt the cartilage and bend it back toward the head. Nonremovable stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape. Occasionally, ear surgeons like Dr. Lawton will remove a larger piece of cartilage to provide a more natural-looking fold and finished profile.
Ear surgery usually takes about 2 to 3 hours, although complicated or complex procedures may take longer. The technique Dr. Lawton chooses during an ear tuck procedure will depend on the problem and the individual’s features. Otoplasty procedures are routinely performed in the Newport Beach otoplasty specialist and plastic surgeon’s outpatient surgery suite in Orange County.