John K. Mallen, MD
 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon  
 Cosmetic Surgery


Surgery for Protruding Ears - Otoplasty

Otoplasty is intended for adults and children, but is most commonly performed on children between the ages of 6 and address patientsí concerns about the prominence or protrusion of their ears.  Otoplasty can be performed on one or both ears to reshape or make them less prominent.  The procedure can also make ears more symmetrical or re-contour them to lay flatter against the head. 

Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure usually performed using general anesthesia that involves making a small incision in the back of the ear and using stitches to reshape the ear(s).  The resulting scar is discreet and may not visible depending on oneís hair style.  After surgery, bandage worn for about a week and is then replaced with a lighter type headband or bandage.  Most patients are overwhelmingly pleased with the results.

During an initial consultation. Dr. Mallen evaluates the condition of the patientís ear(s) and discusses the patientís desires. Dr. Mallen also shows photos of other patients who have had otoplasty, makes recommendations, explains risks and provides specific pre and post-surgical instructions.



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