Otoplasty for Oversized Ears

Do you feel that your ears are too large for your face? Would you like to have them brought down in size? Otoplasty is a surgical treatment that helps address this problem and many other ear issues.


Otoplasty is a surgical technique that allows Dr. Bared to alter the dimensions of your ears. The procedure can change their size and shape as desired to make them more proportional to the rest of your face.

Otoplasty is safe for children and adults alike. It is the perfect solution to cosmetic ear-related concerns.

The First Consultation

During the initial consultation, you will discuss your expectations with Dr. Bared, who will give you a realistic idea of your results. He will evaluate you for your eligibility for the surgery and then proceed to create a surgical plan.

Dr. Bared might recommend an otoplasty to you for the following reasons:

• Your feel that your ears are too large and protrude too far outwards from your head, making your face look disproportionate.

• You have misshapen ears due to congenital defects.

• Your ears have been injured and damaged, resulting in tearing or scarring.

The Surgical Procedure

Local or general anesthesia may be administered based on your specific requirements. Next, Dr. Bared will note the areas of the ear that need to be treated.

The otoplasty surgery can be performed in three ways:

Cartilage Scoring: In this technique, small incisions are made on the cartilage to change the shape of the ears. The objective is to make minor adjustments to the shape and positioning of the ears.

Cartilage Sparing: Here, medical-grade sutures and stitches are used to reduce the rate of protrusion in the ears. If your ears protrude outwards too much, the sutures will be used to pull your ears forwards and inwards. This is the technique Dr. Bared performs, as it is known to have the least risk of complications and offers the most natural outcomes.

Ear Reduction: This is the treatment where the ear is incised and parts of the ear cartilage or the lobes are dissected and reshaped. This can give your ears a completely new and improved size and shape. The skin is then stitched using medical-grade stitches.

Post-Surgical Care

A degree of temporary discomfort, swelling, and tenderness are common after surgery. Pain medication may be prescribed to you by Dr. Bared.

A thick dressing will be used to cover your ears after the surgery; this needs to be worn throughout the day for one to two weeks. After it is removed, you will need to use a broad headband to cover your ears and to push them back. Wear the headband day and night for a week or two. Once the ears begin to heal, you can wear it only at night for a month.

Keep your head elevated and do not sleep on your sides during the entire month of healing. When bathing, pour water over your ears gently, and when dressing, choose shirts that won’t necessitate you touching your ears.

The results of otoplasty last a lifetime. As you age, the cartilage may lose its elasticity and the ear may change subtly. However, it will never revert to the same shape or size it was before the procedure.

Get Started with Your Otoplasty

If you want to make your ears smaller and give them a more natural look, contact the office of Dr. Anthony Bared. Dr. Bared, a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon, can recommend the appropriate course of action, so set up your consultation today.

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Dr. Anthony Bared

Dr. Anthony Bared, MD, FACS is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and hair restoration. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Bared by calling 800-943-7295.

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