Considering Otoplasty

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Considering Otoplasty

Considering Otoplasty

Otoplasty, either surgically or non-surgically, is a common procedure that involves the shaping or re-shaping of the ear. There are many instances in which an ear’s appearance can be altered in order to produce a desired, natural look that can dramatically improve an individual’s health and self-esteem.

Common Factors That Lead to Otoplasty

The cases that are typically treated are congenital, where an individual would like to reshape the ear they were born with, whether it is for cosmetic reasons or because of a deformity. Otoplasty for individuals with ears that have been affected by a traumatic physical injury are also commonly done at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery in Des Moines. In order to construct an ear, the surgeon takes cartilage from the rib cage. Thus, more than one operation may take place to get your ear to look the way you want it to.

Some of these congenital situations are known as:

  • Microtia – external ear is underdeveloped
  • Anotia – external ear is absent
  • Protruding ears – ears sticking out from the head at an angle greater than 25 degrees

Some traumatic injuries to the ear are as follows:

  • Avulsion trauma – layers of skin have been torn away from bites or burns
  • Penetrating trauma – injury from gunshots or stabbing
  • Blunt trauma – non-penetrating injury, a blunt object contacts ear with extreme force
  • Blast trauma – injury caused by explosion

When a situation like one listed above adversely affect your health and/or self-esteem can become physically and mentally harmful. Thankfully, otoplasty can help you achieve your desires, so you can look and feel great.

Contact a Des Moines Plastic Surgeon Today

If you know that you would benefit from otoplasty, our plastic surgery staff at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery would be happy to consult with you. Our friendly, experienced plastic surgeons proudly serves the Des Moines community and can help you reach your desired look for your ears. Feel free to browse our photo gallery of past ear surgery procedures or give us a call today at (515) 222-1111.