Ear reshaping, also known as otoplasty, is a simple cosmetic surgery to bring conspicuous, asymmetrical, or disproportionate ears into harmony with the rest of the face. As an expert in facial anatomy, Dr. Schmidt is attentive not only to the appearance of the ears themselves, but also to how otoplasty can shift the balance among facial features.

    Ear reshaping is a low risk, routine surgery that does not impact hearing. It is often performed on children and teenagers, and can significantly boost confidence and a positive self-image.

    Dr. Schmidt also performs earlobe repair surgeries for individuals with stretched or torn earlobes.

    Who is a candidate for ear reshaping?

    Ear reshaping surgery can address a range of issues for both young and adult patients. Candidates for this procedure include:

    • Children, teenagers, or adults whose ears are disproportionate to the head or asymmetrical
    • Patients whose ears have been damaged in an injury
    • Patients looking to repair stretched or torn earlobes

    How does ear reshaping work?

    During an ear reshaping procedure, Dr. Schmidt will remold or trim cartilage to reposition the ears in-line with the shape of the head and face. Permanent internal sutures keep the ears pinned in their new positions.

    Depending on the patient’s anatomy, Dr. Schmidt will hide incisions behind the ear or within the folds of the ear. In certain cases where cartilage does not need to be removed, Dr. Schmidt can perform an ear reshaping without an incision.

    Dr. Schmidt also treats adult patients who want their earlobes restored to their natural shape. These include patients whose earlobes have been stretched by gauge earrings, or whose earlobes have been torn. Dr. Schmidt will cut away the pierced or torn area, then reshape and suture the lobe into a proportionate, natural curve.

    Recovery

    After an ear shaping procedure, patients will wear a postoperative dressing for about one week. Afterwards, dressing is only worn at night, so that the ear doesn’t become stressed or compressed during sleep.

    Patients can typically remove the dressing and return to normal activity after about two weeks.

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