Ear Reshaping (Otoplasty)
Patients of all ages undergo otoplasty, or ear reshaping surgery. Patients who seek ear reshaping or reconstruction with Dr. Ramin Behmand are often:
- Young school-age children who are having social difficulties with their peers due to noticeably protruding or misshapen ears
- Adults who wish to improve various deformities of the ears for cosmetic reasons
- Older adults with skin cancers affecting the ear that require reconstruction after removal of the cancer.
The Ear Surgery Procedure
Dr. Behmand performs ear surgery by contouring, repositioning, and reshaping the ear cartilage. These adjustments are meticulously made based on the anatomic origins of the unwanted shape. By carefully shaping the ear cartilage and sculpting the key elements observed in the normal ear, Dr. Behmand can create a more desirable appearance. Additionally, incisions are strategically placed and well-hidden in the crease at the back of the ear. Consequently, the final scars are generally not visible once the normal healing period has passed.
After Your Ear Reshaping Procedure
Immediately after surgery, Dr. Behmand dresses the ears with protective wraps. Shortly following the completion of the procedure, patients go home. They will apply a more lightweight “headband” style of support wrap after a few days. Lastly, most patients will only experience minimal bruising, swelling, and discomfort.
Before ear reshaping surgery, Dr. Behmand gives post-operative instructions for optimal results. Adults can usually return to work or school after about a week, but young children need a more extended break to safeguard the newly shaped ear. Patients, regardless of age, should avoid heavy activity or exercise for about 4 weeks after surgery.
“You were the perfect surgeon for our daughter. You were so attentive to her wishes and really went out of your way to get to know her as a person. As you know, I was very nervous about her surgery, but you made us comfortable throughout the whole process, but most importantly you made her feel at ease. Thank you for your tender heart and encouraging words. You definitely have a gift!”