Ears that protrude from the head, are misshapen or have been damaged due to injury can be corrected or modified with a simple procedure called an otoplasty. At Thomas Funcik Facial Plastic Surgery, our otoplasty procedure can be performed on adults and children older than eight years old.
Located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Thomas Funcik, MD serves the greater Charleston area with both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Funcik.
What is Otoplasty?
Whether the ear is abnormally shaped due to a birth defect or if they visibly stick out from the head, these issues can cause self-consciousness for both children and adults. Otoplasty improves the shape, structure and position of the ears with minimal scarring and recovery.
Depending on the extent of the otoplasty surgery, Dr. Funcik will make incisions in discrete spots behind the ears and the natural creases in the front of the ears when necessary. The cartilage of the ear is then modified, and in cases of protruding ears, the ears are permanently sutured in a more natural position against the head.
During otoplasty surgery, Dr. Funcik creates results that look natural, symmetrical and maintain the balance between the rest of your facial features.
Am I a Good Candidate for Otoplasty?
Depending on the age of the individual, certain restrictions apply for this procedure. Children younger than eight years old are typically not approved for otoplasty, as their developing cartilage may not be strong enough to endure surgical correction. Ideally, children should also not have untreated ear infections be able to vocalize their feelings.
Teenagers and adults seeking this surgery should be non-smokers and have no contraindicating medical conditions that could impair surgery. They should also have realistic expectations for surgery.
What is Recovery Like?
Discomfort after surgery is common and can be controlled with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Funcik. Although bandages may be itchy immediately afterward, they should not be removed prematurely, as this can undo some of the correction. You may also be advised to sleep with a special bandage or headband at night to protect the ears during sleep.
While otoplasty is a safe procedure, all risks and possible complications will be discussed with you by Dr. Funcik prior to surgery.
The results of otoplasty are permanent and often visible immediately after the initial healing phase when bandages are removed. More extensive ear surgery may require a more prolonged recovery process.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Funcik and find out if you are a candidate for otoplasty surgery.