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Are you embarrassed by protruding or misshapen ears? If so, you are not alone. Many men, women and children are self-conscious of ears that are out of proportion or that stick out prominently. Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that addresses this problem by reshaping the ears or “pinning back” protruding ears.
Drs. Mark A. Foglietti and Alanna Foglietti Fostyk, two of Cleveland’s most trusted plastic surgeons, have performed otoplasty on many men, women and school-aged children. Utilizing their precise technical skill and knack for detail, the surgeons can improve the appearance of the ears in a way that looks completely natural. Drs. Foglietti and Foglietti Fostyk are also well-recognized for their world-class patient care and personalized approach.
The Benefits of Otoplasty
Otoplasty is a rewarding surgical procedure in many ways. First, by enhancing the shape and position of the ears, the balance between the facial features is improved and a more natural appearance is achieved. After otoplasty, you or your child will no longer have to worry about the ears sticking out in any way and attracting unwanted attention. Children in particular experience a surge in self-confidence as they are no longer subject to bullying or unkind comments and nicknames from their classmates or peers.
Candidacy for Otoplasty
Candidates for otoplasty are individuals who have:
- Misshapen ears (due to genetics or an injury)
- Ears that stick out prominently from the head or protruding ears
Otoplasty can be performed on adults and children whose ears have finished developing (which is typically around age 5). Patients must be in good general health and not have any chronic ear infections or other medical conditions that may impair healing.
Otoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure with anesthesia.
The details of otoplasty vary patient to patient, based on their needs and goals. The surgeon will make an incision behind the ear where scarring will be hidden. For misshapen ears, the cartilage will be sculpted into the desired shape. To correct protruding ears, the surgeon will remove as much skin and cartilage as needed and reposition the remaining cartilage using permanent sutures.
The initial recovery period for otoplasty takes one to two weeks. During this time, you or your child will need to take time off school, work and other normal activities. Our staff will provide specific instructions to follow during recovery, including sleep position restrictions. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled so we can monitor your or your child’s healing progress.
Schedule a Consultation
At Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery, our plastic surgeons and staff are sensitive to the needs and concerns of our patients. If you or your child are embarrassed of oversized or otherwise abnormal-looking ears, let us help. To learn more about otoplasty, please call (216) 292-6800 or email our Cleveland office today.