Otoplasty  in 
Denver, CO


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Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning surgery, can be necessary to remedy ear defects by restructuring the cartilage and then placing the ear in a more appropriate, appealing position. Ear abnormalities can be a result of a traumatic injury or a birth defect. South Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Manish Shah, uses otoplasty to improve the appearance of disproportionate, overly protruding or defective ears to restore peace of mind to his patients. With incisions usually made behind the ear, scars shouldn’t be noticeable. In addition, Dr. Shah can repair torn earlobes as well as other ear lobe issues. The outcome of ear surgery should alleviate self-consciousness associated with abnormal ears. Patients as young as 6 years old can benefit from otoplasty surgery and it can be safely performed with minimal anesthesia.

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What Are the Benefits of Ear Surgery?

If you’re put off by the size or shape of your ears, there is a solution. A custom otoplasty treatment in Englewood, CO at Shah Aesthetic Surgery may help you or your child achieve a new level of confidence. This procedure offers benefits such as:

  • Focuses on a wide variety of ear issues
  • Lessens the prominence of overly big ears
  • Readjusts ears that stand out to sit more flush against the head
  • Fixes disfigurement as a result of a traumatic injury
  • Fixes up congenital ear abnormalities
  • Enhances confidence
  • Brings about more natural-looking ears
  • Ear surgery (otoplasty) is harmless and effective
  • Can be done for children as young as 5 — 7

During/After Surgery

Otoplasties are performed with general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It takes 1 to 2 hours to complete, and the patient will be sent home for recovery. The ear will be bandaged to keep the new position and shape in place. This also helps so that children cannot touch or play with their ears, which may complicate healing. Activities must be limited, especially within the first week. Scars will remain hidden behind the ears or within the natural folds if the incisions are made in front of the ear.

Surgical Technique

In the cases of protruding ears, the cartilages are reformed and sometimes supported by splints. Soft tissues may also be trimmed away. The incisions are made behind the ear to reveal the ear’s confines. The ears will be repositioned by tightening the skin and then sutured. In cases of hidden ears, when cartilages are not fully developed, manipulations may include reshaping the cartilages by pulling or repositioning while splints are placed as supports. Sometimes, tissue grafting is also necessary to render volume.

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Torn Earlobe Care

Ear surgery may also involve a torn earlobe. This can occur with heavy earrings or through other trauma. The surgical repair of a torn earlobe is generally straightforward. The skin cleft between the two sides of the tear is removed, and using either a skin graft or donated cartilage, a new lobe is reconstructed. Sutures are used that are placed in both the front and back of the ear and will remain intact for several weeks.  Several post-operative visits may be required so that the sutures can be removed in several phases to ensure the lobe is strong and aesthetically appealing. NOTE: DR.SHAH PERFORMS EAR SURGERY ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS AND YOU WILL BE ASKED TO SEND IN PHOTOS OF YOUR CONCERNS FOR HIS PATIENT COORDINATOR TO EVALUATE.

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Reshape Your Ears

Even though the ears are not very big, an unusual size, position, or shape may make a big difference in your appearance. Ear surgery may help your child avoid getting teased at school, or help you if you have always felt uncomfortable about your ears. Contact Shah Aesthetic Surgery in Englewood, CO to schedule your appointment with Dr. Shah and get more information about ear reshaping surgery. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve a look you will be proud of as well as the confidence to show it off.

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Lasting Results?

The ears typically mature faster than any other part of the body, therefore, at an appropriate age and time when surgical adjustments are made, the results are generally long lasting. Even as the body changes due to age and gravity, the changes to the ear will be minimal and a secondary otoplasty is usually not needed.

When Can I Expect to See Results?

Initially, the dimples will be noticeable at all times; however, after about 1 – 3 months, the tissue will start to settle and the dimples will only be noticeable when you smile. The recovery period and results will vary from patient to patient, but we encourage you to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns during your recovery process.

When To Have Otoplasty?

On average, 5-6 year olds are ideal candidates for otoplasty as the ear will be already developed and the cartilage and tissues will still be soft, making it easy to reshape. This age is also recommended as it is a time before any schooling, which helps to avoid teasing.

One Or Both Ears?

Usually, the condition is symmetrical to both ears. The final shape that the surgery will aim for will depend on the initial structure of the ear and how cartilages are placed. If the procedure is only for one ear, the shape will be patterned after the normally formed ear.

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