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Otoplasty, or ear surgery can bring balance and create a pleasing look to misshaped or disproportionate ears. Dr. Campbell performs otoplasty on hundreds of patients to create a look that will fit with the rest of the face.
Unlike the majority of facial plastic surgery, which is performed on adults, otoplasty is more commonly performed on children. The cartilage is most easily sculpted between the ages of four, when the ears are almost fully grown, and 14. However, adults are also excellent candidates, and Dr. Campbell frequently performs otoplasty surgery on adult patients in the office using local anesthetic.
Otoplasty changes the shape and size of the ears to create a more proportionate look and can achieve the following results:
- Set prominent ears back closer to the head
- Reduce the size of large ears and stretched earlobes
- Increase the size of unusually small ears (also known as "cupped ear")
- Correct "lop ear" a condition in which the tip folds down and forward
- Improve the look of "shell ear" a condition in which the ear is missing the curve or the outer rim and natural folds and creases
- Create ears for those born without them or who lost them due to injury
Personal Otoplasty Consultation
During a consultation, Dr. Campbell will examine the external and internal ear structures to determine if the surgery can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, or if it will need to be performed in the Sheboygan Surgical Center.
The Otoplasty Procedure
During the procedure, Dr. Campbell will make small incisions that are hidden on the backside of the ear in the natural crease. Cartilage is exposed, then cut and molded to create a more pleasing appearance. The skin and cartilage is held in place with sutures.
Recovery Following Otoplasty
Dr. Campbell will place a large, soft dressing around the ears following surgery. This dressing is removed the next day. A small amount of bruising and swelling is common, but usually subsides within seven to 10 days. Patients are asked to wear a protective head band over the ears while sleeping for the first
Patients emerge from otoplasty surgery with ears that are more proportionate to their facial features, creating an overall pleasing appearance. These results last a lifetime.
Ear (Auricular) Reconstruction
Dr. Campbell can also perform ear (auricular) reconstruction. To create an entirely new ear, rib cartilage is harvested to make the framework, and tissue from the temple area is used for a vascular covering. A skin graft from the leg is then used to cover the new ear. This type of ear reconstruction surgery requires several stages and may take many months to complete, but can be invaluable for those who have lost an ear due to injury or who were born without an external ear structure.
If you are interested in otoplasty or auricular reconstruction surgery, please contact Dr. Campbell for a free consultation.