Hear Ye, Hear Ye — Fix Those Ears

Ear SurgeryPeople who have ears that protrude excessively, are larger than they’d like, or have earlobe damage often think it’s just something they have to live with. Not true. Dr. Lavey is an expert at otoplasty, ear surgery for both cosmetic and repair purposes.

What types of ear conditions are addressed?

Basically almost any ear condition can be addressed with surgery. Here are the typical issues people have fixed with otoplasty.

  • Reduction of protruding or excessively large ears
  • Changing the shape of the ears
  • Rejuvenating stretched or excessively fleshy earlobes
  • Repairing torn earlobes or enlarged piercing holes

How is the surgery done?

Otoplasty isn’t overly complex surgery. Generally these are the techniques employed:

  • A wedge of skin and cartilage may be removed from behind the ear to bring the ear closer to the head and reduce the ear size.
  • Cartilage may be weakened, rolled, and held in place with sutures to create outer and inner ear folds to better define the ears.
  • Silts or torn earlobes can be repaired by removing a narrow wedge of the earlobe and suturing the skin edges together.
  • Excess fleshiness can be corrected by removing the excess skin in a crescent or triangular shape and suturing the skin edges together.

In most ear surgeries the incision locations can be placed behind the ear to hide any scarring.

Don’t put up with those ears that have bothered you since you were a kid. Call Dr. Lavey at 925-820-3633 and let’s talk about otoplasty.

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