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Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) in Charleston, SC

If you are unsatisfied with the appearance, size or shape of your ears, whether you were born with these features or your ears were damaged due to trauma; otoplasty can correct the issues you have, leaving you with perfectly positioned, proportionate ears. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse offers otoplasty for men and women who live in Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and the surrounding communities in South Carolina.

What Is Otoplasty?

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Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, or sometimes ear pinning, is a plastic surgery most often performed on children and younger teens to correct protruding ears that can sometimes lead to teasing or bullying. It can help children build their self-esteem and experience better social relationships. Sometimes adults who do not like the shape of their ears, whether it is the natural shape or the result of a prior ear surgery, also request otoplasty.

How Much Does Otoplasty Cost in Charleston?

Otoplasty procedures vary in complexity from one patient to the next, which also affects price. Cost will be disclosed during your consultation. We accept cash, check, and credit card payments. Financing is also available.

What To Expect After Otoplasty?

After an ear pinning procedure, dressings are used to help the ear heal into its new shape and to provide protection during the healing process. These may be worn for up to five days. Swelling or mild pain may be present.

Will I Have Scars After Getting Otoplasty?

Scars are generally well-hidden behind or in the folds of the ear.

When Will I See The Results?

When they are removed, the results may be immediately visible, though swelling may still be present.

What Are Possible Complications Of Otoplasty?

Potential complications associated with otoplasty include:

  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry in placement
  • Overcorrection
  • Altered skin sensation

How Long Will The Results Of Otoplasty Last?

The new ear shape and position produced through otoplasty is considered long-lasting, and results are long lasting.

Benefits of Otoplasty

  • Lifelong results
  • Low-risk procedure which is safe for young children
  • Creates symmetry in ear size and shape

Who Is The Ideal Candidate For Otoplasty?

Ear surgery is used to correct protruding ears or ears whose shape makes a person feel self-conscious. It can correct conditions present at birth that develop naturally, or that are the result of injury or previous ear surgery. A good candidate for otoplasty generally must:

  • Be in good health without ongoing illness or infection, especially an ear infection
  • Have mature ears, which generally occurs at about age five
  • Be cooperative and able to follow verbal instruction

Older patients are considered a good candidate for ear surgery if:

  • They are in good general health
  • They are non-smokers
  • They have realistic goals for the procedure

Be sure to share all the candidate’s previous and current medical conditions, medications, and/or supplements. Even if you do not think it is relevant, it is best to share it with Dr. Widenhouse.

What Do I Need To Do Before Otoplasty?

During your consultation with Dr. Widenhouse, he will examine your ears to determine if otoplasty can correct the issues which are bothering you. A review of your medical history is necessary to identify if any medical conditions could stand in the way of a successful procedure. At this time, you may ask any questions you have and share your concerns.

Instructions are given to help you prepare for otoplasty. If you are a smoker or use nicotine products, you must stop four weeks prior to surgery. You may need to cease certain medications and supplements which could affect healing.

What Should I Expect On The Day Of My Otoplasty?

During ear pinning, an incision is made in the back of the ear. Cartilage in the ear is removed or reshaped to create the desired effect. Sutures are placed to hold the ear in optimal position as it heals.

Although otoplasty is still often called ear pinning, modern reshaping techniques are highly advanced and give a more natural result than previous techniques. Sutures are made to secure the ear in its new position – these sutures will be long-lasting.

How Long Does It Take To Perform Otoplasty?

An otoplasty procedure takes approximately two to three hours to complete.

Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse is passionately committed to reflecting your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, our team offers full body plastic surgery, emphasizing overall health and wellness to the residents of Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and the surrounding communities in South Carolina. Contact Port City Plastic Surgery today!

Can I drive after ear surgery?

You cannot drive yourself home immediately after ear surgery because you will still be under the effects of anesthesia for the remainder of that day. However, you may drive the following day, as long as you are not taking pain medication.

Does otoplasty affect hearing?

An otoplasty does not affect hearing and will not change the location of the ears. It only involves the outer ear, not the middle or inner ear.

Does otoplasty last forever?

Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that corrects protruding ears and large ears or misshapen ears. Otoplasty a permanent solution for patients seeking to improve the appearance of their ears.

How do you sleep after ear surgery?

You should sleep on your back following an otoplasty so as to avoid applying too much pressure to your ears. After you are fully healed, you may sleep on your side or stomach.


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