Revision Ear Surgery (Otoplasty Correction)

Revision Ear Surgery (Otoplasty Correction)

Revision Ear Surgery (Otoplasty Correction)

Otoplasty (ear surgery) is a type of plastic surgery intended to improve the appearance and shape of the ear typically caused by congenital deformities in children and teens. In adults, otoplasty is also recommended for earlobe repair after ear “gauging” (stretching of the earlobe) or other injuries to the ear due to accidents.

The most commonly known type of ear surgery is ear “pinning,” which is used to improve the appearance of protruding ears.

Otoplasty is a complex surgery that requires a holistic understanding of the ear and an aesthetic appreciation of its appearance as it complements other facial features and also head shape. If otoplasty is not performed correctly by a US Board-certified surgeon, patients may require revision surgery at a later time.

Why is it sometimes necessary to “revise” a previous surgeon’s otoplasty or ear surgery?

The shape of your ears is a highly personal issue. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is quite common that patients may sometimes feel the need to revise their original results. Often, patients may find themselves unsatisfied with the results of the initial procedure or the that their concerns were not fully addressed.

Specific problems that necessitate the need for otoplasty revision surgery.

When children undergo otoplasty (ear pinning) at a young age to correct prominent or “sticking out” ears, it may be necessary to reexamine the results of the procedure as they grow and get older.

Another concern is that when a less experienced surgeon performs ear surgery, patients may find that the ears have been “over corrected” giving them an unnatural “pulled back” look. Or other common complaints include unnatural-looking creases where the ear meets the skull. Revision ear surgery can correct these issues.

The skill and artistry of creating the “perfect” shaped ear.

Quite often a plastic surgeon may have the technical skills to pin the ears back or to fix a congenital abnormality. However, not all plastic surgeons possess an “eye” for the aesthetic. This is the most common reason for ear surgery revision, the patient is unhappy with the appearance of their ears after the initial ear surgery, and seeks a more natural, aesthetically-pleasing result.

Understanding the beauty and complexities of the shape of the ear is an art form that requires a detailed surgical eye to ensure your ears are harmoniously balanced with your other facial features in a natural way.

How is a revision otoplasty surgery procedure performed? Is it different from a standard otoplasty procedure?

Ear surgery revision can correct several issues, including:

  • To correct a prominent antihelical “fold”
  • Secondary ear reduction wherein too-large ears were not reduced enough
  • “Telephone ear” where the top and bottom of the ears protrude outwards.

There are several procedures that a surgeon can use to correct ear surgery, including suture techniques, cartilage reconstruction, and also cartilage implants or “grafts”  if necessary.

How long should I wait before revision otoplasty?

After any surgery, it is important to allow the body time to heal. Stitches, bruising, and swelling can make it difficult to realize the final results. That being said, once you are fully healed, if you are still unhappy with the results, please contact our office for a consultation.

Why should your otoplasty revision surgeon be “US Board Certified”?

When choosing a plastic surgeon for your revision otoplasty, it is critical that they are highly qualified, US Board Certified, and possess long-term otoplasty surgery experience.