Frequently asked questions about the otoplasty procedure

ear surgery Patients of the Show Low, AZ community who are interested in reshaping or altering the ear may want to ask about the otoplasty procedure. Our providers are pleased to correct defects, repair injuries, or deal with imperfections that cause patients to feel self-conscious about the appearance of their ears. At Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we have dedicated our team to helping others feel more confident in their own skin, even when imperfections impact their appearance. 

Who is a good candidate for otoplasty? 

The best candidates for otoplasty are patients who want to correct: 

  • Stretched or split earlobes from earrings and gauges
  • Prominently large ears that are too noticeable
  • Ears that protrude further from the side of the head and “stick out”
  • Dissatisfaction from previous otoplasty procedures with an unskilled surgeon
  • Overly large ears that are disproportioned to the rest of their facial features
  • Malformations or disfigured ears from birth defects

How long does an otoplasty procedure take? 

Surgery on a single ear is often done within an hour, depending on the complexity of the procedure. 

Does otoplasty hurt? 

The treatment is done with proper sedation and anesthetics to ensure patients are comfortable from start to finish. Many patients are able to be awake during the procedure and utilize localized anesthetics during the procedure. 

What about scarring? 

Any surgical procedure that involves incisions has the risk of leaving behind scars. However, experienced providers will have certain techniques available that allow them to disguise scars as much as possible. Incisions are typically made behind the ear so they are hidden within the natural folds and creases. Other times the doctor may be able to make incisions within the earlobe for a less noticeable scar as well. 

How do I find out more about the otoplasty procedure with an experienced provider in my area? 

If you are considering ear surgery and are located in the Show Low, AZ community or beyond, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Our facility is located at 2450 E. Show Low Lake Road, Suite #2A and can be reached at (928) 537-6767.

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