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Otoplasty: Ear Surgery

Otoplasty (ear surgery) is the only cosmetic surgery procedure performed on young children. Overly large, protruding, ears can make children uneasy when they socialize and begin school, and cause them to become self-conscious about appearance. In addition, adults may also undergo corrective ear repositioning. More adult men than women have ear surgery, as men typically wear their hair shorter and cannot hide protruding ears with a hair style, but many women also have this procedure when nature and genetics have given them ears that do not lay flat against the head.

Ear surgery can be performed at any age, provided the ears have reached their full growth, which usually occurs by approximately six years of age. Many parents arrange this surgery for children who have protruding ears, as an otoplasty can make their youthful years free from embarrassment or teasing from other children.

If you are considering otoplasty for your child or yourself, it is crucial to find a surgeon you can trust. Dr. Christopher C. Chang ranks among the most respected plastic surgeons in Washington DC. He has extensive training and impressive credentials from Harvard, NYU School of Medicine, Yale, John Hopkins, and other institutions. Dr. Chang is not only highly skilled but also warm and friendly in his bedside manner. He has particular care and compassion for young children, has training in pediatric craniofacial surgery and is a father of three. His patients trust him as a surgeon and recognize his ability to comfort and care for them.


What Does Otoplasty Correct?

Ear reshaping surgery is a cosmetic procedure performed to improve the shape, size, or position of the ears. It is used to correct aesthetic abnormalities of the ears, whether they are congenital, caused by injury to the ears, or develop with age. Otoplasty is designed to correct:

Ear reshaping surgery is a cosmetic procedure performed to improve the shape, size, or position of the ears. It is used to adjust aesthetic abnormalities of the ears, whether they are congenital, caused by injury to the ears, or develop with age. Otoplasty is designed to correct:

  • Ears protruding from the head
  • Overly large ears
  • “Lop ears” (ears that are folded down and forward)
  • Disproportionately large earlobes
  • “Shell ear” (when sections are missing in the ear’s outer rim)

How is otoplasty performed?

When you come to Dr. Chang for treatment, he will tailor an otoplasty surgery specifically for you, including the type of anesthesia used in the procedure. Older children and adults may be comfortable with local anesthesia and sedation, whereas younger children may need general anesthesia to sleep comfortably through the procedure.

Otoplasty is an outpatient surgery that generally takes a few hours to complete. Incisions are typically made on the back side of the ear where they will not be visible. If incisions are needed in the front of the ear, Dr. Chang places them strategically in the ear creases for minimal visibility. The ear cartilage is reshaped and sutures are used to hold the new shape in place.

Ear surgery in Washington, D.C.

Ear surgery can improve the aesthetic appearance of the ears and increase self-confidence in both children and adults. For young children with large, protruding ears, otoplasty make life ahead far more pleasant – free from unkind teasing or remarks that can damage self-esteem. Additionally, many children in early childhood do not remember their surgical experience. For men and women alike, the size, shape, and position of the ears can have a significant impact on overall facial appearance. If you or your child needs ear surgery, call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher C. Chang.

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