Otoplasty (ear surgery) is one of the few plastic surgery procedures commonly performed on children. Excessively large or protruding ears can be a source of significant embarrassment, teasing and bullying for youngsters, which is why parents often opt to have surgery for these concerns performed before the child begins school. Adults may also choose to undergo otoplasty for cosmetic reasons or to correct an injury or birth defect. Dr. Kovanda offers a variety of otoplasty techniques to his Minneapolis patients, so he can customize treatment to the specific needs and desired outcome of the individual.
Before & After Otoplasty
Reasons for Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)
There are a variety of reasons why someone might choose to have an otoplasty procedure. The size of the ears, whether they are exceptionally small or large, can be one of those reasons. Individuals might also consider otoplasty for ears that protrude from the sides of the face, interfering with the overall facial profile. Patients with ears that are asymmetrical in size, shape or position may also be good candidates for otoplasty.
Beyond the cosmetic concerns, otoplasty can also be used to repair injured ears or correct a birth defect that has altered the shape or position of the ears. It is usually not recommended in children until the ears have fully developed, which typically occurs by the age of four or five. Otoplasty is also not effective in addressing hearing loss.
Otoplasty is performed by Dr. Kovanda on an outpatient basis. Incisions are generally placed behind the ear, where visible scarring will not be a concern. Through the incisions, Dr, Kovanda is able to remove excess tissue and skin, while suturing the ears to a more attractive position. If different concerns are to be addressed, Dr. Kovanda can usually place incisions in inconspicuous locations, such as within the inner folds of the ear.
Our Minneapolis patients are often pleasantly surprised at how easy recovery from otoplasty can be. Discomfort after the procedure is usually minimal and can be effectively managed with oral medication. Special dressings or a headband are often worn for a few days after the procedure to hold ears in their new position during the healing process. Most patients are back to regular activities within 1-2 weeks after surgery.
Ear Pinning with Dr. Kovanda
Otoplasty is an effective way to permanently alter the size, shape or position of the ears in patients of all ages. Dr. Kovanda routinely performs a variety of otoplasty procedures at his Twin Cities office and strives to ensure results are both natural and aesthetically pleasing for all of his patients. To learn more about this procedure, please contact a member of our team today. We look forward to speaking with you and answering all of your questions about your options in otoplasty.
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Dr. Christopher Kovanda is a plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He is a member of several medical professional societies including the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He has been honored with several awards including “Most Compassionate Doctor” on Vitals.com and has earned “Top Doctor” status on Realself.com. Finally, Dr. Kovanda is a Board-Certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Surgery-General and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.