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The ears play a more significant role in the appearance than many people consider. For those with misshapen or prominent ears, however, the appearance of the ears can be distracting from their natural beauty. This makes otoplasty, or ear surgery, a popular option. Patients in the Phoenix, Arizona area can turn to Dr. Paquet at Paquet Facial Plastic Surgery for their otoplasty procedures.

What is an Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is also known as cosmetic ear surgery or ear pinning surgery. The procedure is intended to create a more flattering ear position, shape, or size, typically moving the ears into a less prominent position or correcting a misshapen appearance due to congenital defects or injury. 

Who is a Candidate for Otoplasty?

Otoplasty can be an option at any stage of life so long as the ears have reached full development, which occurs as early as age five. Many parents choose otoplasty for their children at an early age so they may avoid teasing as they begin school. However, adults may also choose otoplasty later in life. 

Otoplasty candidates must be generally healthy overall and should be nonsmokers. During a consultation, Dr. Paquet will ask questions about your health history to determine whether otoplasty is safe for you. Be prepared to answer questions regarding any conditions or health concerns, allergies, or medications you take. 

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The Otoplasty Procedure 

Otoplasty can typically be performed under local anesthesia, though general anesthesia may be preferred if the surgery is paired with other procedures. The technique used will vary depending on the goals of the surgery. In most cases, incisions are made on the back of the ears or within the inner creases of the ears; this allows for easily concealed scarring. Through these incisions, Dr. Paquet will remove excess skin or cartilage and reshape the tissues according to your goal results. This typically involves folding the inner cartilage and securing it into its new position using internal stitches. In most cases, the otoplasty procedure can be completed in two hours or less. 


“Took my 83-year-old Mama in for a consult, and left with a solution and knowledge! Dr. Paquet was efficient, and personable and the staff was great. I almost wish I had made an appointment for myself for my deviated septum! Highly recommended and totally satisfied with the experience.”


Recovery After Otoplasty 

Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so you can return home with someone to drive you and care for you in the early stages of your recovery. The ears will be bandaged and covered to support and protect them. Some discomfort and itching are normal immediately after otoplasty. Dr. Paquet can prescribe medication to keep you comfortable. As you heal after your otoplasty, it is important to avoid putting pressure on the ears by sleeping on your back or stomach, never your side. Do not rub or place force on the incisions. 

Dr. Paquet will schedule a post-op appointment several days after your surgery. During this appointment, bandages will be removed. The ears are typically still swollen and red at this stage, so you will be instructed to wear a supportive headband while sleeping for the next several weeks. This helps the ears heal in the proper position. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Ear Surgery

Will my insurance cover otoplasty?

Otoplasty is considered an elective surgery, so insurance will not cover the cost.

Does otoplasty affect hearing?

Otoplasty only changes the aesthetic appearance of your ears. It has no effect on the function of your ears, meaning it does not make hearing worse or better. Your hearing will remain the same after otoplasty.

Does otoplasty change the size of my ears?

Otoplasty does not change the size of your ears, but they may appear smaller because of their new position. When the ears lie flush to the head, they appear smaller as opposed to sticking out from the head.

How long does it take to recover from an ear surgery?

You will see the results of otoplasty immediately after surgery, but it can take anywhere from four to six weeks for your ears to fully heal. You may experience some discomfort in the weeks leading up to your full recovery, but this pain will gradually subside.

What is the best age for an otoplasty?

Otoplasty can be performed at any age once the ears have fully matured. At this point, the ears have stopped growing and can be pinned. This usually occurs around the age of five years old. Remember, each person is different so the youngest age otoplasty can be performed may be different for you.

Ready to take the first step?

Contact us today if you are ready to take the first step or have any questions! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Paquet by contacting us online or by calling us directly at 602-726-6310.


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