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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is a surgical procedure that reduces the protrusion of ears to improve facial harmony. An oversized or excessively protruded ear can cause self-consciousness and social anxiety, making your entire face seem unbalanced or asymmetrical. An otoplasty uses surgical techniques to remove excess ear cartilage and bone tissues, improving the size, shape, and projection of the ears. If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your ears, you may consider ear surgery in Dallas.

Goals of Otoplasty Include:

  • Improve the shape, size, or projection of the eyes
  • Alter the shape or position of one or both ears
  • Change the proportions of the ears
  • Repair damaged earlobes
  • Pin the ears closer to the face to reduce projection

Candidates for Otoplasty:

  • Are over five years of age
  • Have excessively large, symmetric, or protruding ears
  • Are in good physical and mental health
  • Have realistic expectations from the procedure
  • Are nonsmokers or willing to stop smoking before and after the procedure
  • Can take around two weeks off work/ school and other responsibilities to recover

Dr. Chiodo’s Personalized Otoplasty Technique

Dr. Chiodo performs a highly personalized otoplasty surgery after a thorough evaluation. He examines your ears, studies the degree of projection, identifies potential asymmetry issues, discusses your goals and concerns, and reviews your medical history. After a consultation, he curates a personalized surgical plan, which depends on your specific condition and goals. He will go over the details of the procedure, so you know what to expect.

Dr. Chiodo performs otoplasty under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia in his cutting-edge operating room. If the patient is extremely young, their ear cartilage might be pliable enough to be reshaped with splints. But adult patients will need to undergo a surgical procedure wherein the ear cartilage will be removed, adjusted, or re-positioned via a small incision.

Recovery After Otoplasty

After your otoplasty surgery, the surgeon will place an ear bolster on your ears for a few days to reduce swelling and bruising. The most common side effects include redness, swelling, tenderness, numbness, and bruising, but these side effects should gradually dissipate after a week. You can resume school or work after 1 or 2 weeks, but strenuous physical activities and exercise must be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks. You should also avoid placing pressure on your ears — don’t sleep on your sides.

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Dr. Michael Chiodo is a cosmetic surgeon specializing in facial procedures, such as ear surgery. He’s known for curating highly personalized surgical plans that elevate your facial contours without unwanted cosmetic results or complications. He delivers safe, consistent, and natural-looking results that conform to your facial anatomy and goals. Furthermore, he ensures you feel safe and supported through every step of the process. Please schedule an appointment to explore your ear surgery options in Dallas.

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