Protruding or oversized ears may be a bothersome feature for many people, contributing to self-consciousness and even embarrassment. This feature cannot be hidden easily by hairstyles or hats, but a simple cosmetic surgery procedure can ensure that you will not be defined by your ears.
If you are worried about the size or shape of your ears, the doctors at Bergman Plastic Surgery in Des Miones can explain the process of otoplasty—an out-patient procedure in which the outer ear is reshaped and pinned back to correct size or protrusion.
Otoplasty is a quick and easy solution to protruding, over-sized, or misshapen ears. While it is most commonly performed in children over the age of five, it can be performed on individuals at nearly any age. While otoplasty will not affect your ability to hear, there are a few potential factors to be aware of:
Scars. The incision point is located where the back of the ear meets the side of the head. While the incision will likely scar, its placement will almost always make it unnoticeable.
Skin sensitivity. During surgery, the cartilage of the ear is removed or reshaped to create a more attractive ear, and extra skin is removed to make the changes appear natural. The stretching and removing of skin can leave the area sensitive, but this change is unlikely to be permanent.
Infection. While the risk of infection is very low, the chance of infection is always present during surgery.
The statistic possibility of the occurrence of these risks is very low; in fact, otoplasty is known as one of the easiest procedures with one of the highest success rates. Discuss these concerns and more at length with the professionals at Bergman Plastic Surgery.
If you or a loved one in Des Moines is concerned about protruding or misshapen ears, call the offices of Bergman Plastic Surgery at (515) 222-1111 to discuss how otoplasty might be the right procedure for you.