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What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty, commonly known as ear surgery, is a surgical procedure aimed at reshaping the ears to achieve a more proportionate and balanced appearance. This procedure is particularly beneficial for people who feel self-conscious about the size, shape, or protrusion of their ears.

What Can Otoplasty Treat?

It is a versatile procedure that can address various concerns, including:

  • Protruding ears
  • Overly large ears
  • Misshapen ears
  • Asymmetrical ears
  • Deformities present from birth (congenital)

What are the Benefits of Otoplasty?

This procedure can help you achieve your desired look when it comes to your ears and how they can best complement your face. Experience the transformative benefits of otoplasty, such as:

  • Improved ear proportion and symmetry
  • Enhanced facial harmony
  • A boost in self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Correction of congenital ear deformities
  • Customizability to individual aesthetic goals

How Does Otoplasty Work?

It’s typically performed on an outpatient basis and involves the following steps:

  • Consultation: Dr. Tessa Hadlock will assess your ear structure, discuss your goals with you, and tailor a surgical plan to achieve your desired outcome.
  • Anesthesia: Local or general anesthesia will be administered to maximize your comfort during the procedure.
  • Incision and reshaping: Incisions are made behind the ears or within the natural folds to allow access for reshaping and repositioning of the ear cartilage.
  • Suture closure: Once your desired shape is achieved, incisions will be closed with meticulous sutures.
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Who is a Candidate for Otoplasty?

Are you thinking about otoplasty? This procedure may be a solution if you:

  • Experience self-consciousness or dissatisfaction with the appearance of your ears.
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure.
  • Are in good overall health, both physically and mentally.
  • Are a non-smoker or are willing to quit smoking before and after surgery.
  • Are an adult or the parent of a child with protruding or misshapen ears.

What is Recovery From Otoplasty Like? 

After undergoing otoplasty, you’ll be monitored and given specific aftercare instructions. Recovery after otoplasty involves:

  • Wearing a protective bandage over the ears for the first few days
  • Minimizing head movement to avoid stress on the sutures
  • Avoiding strenuous activities for several weeks
  • Attending follow-up appointments to monitor progress

Most patients can resume normal activities within a week. You’ll see results become more apparent as the swelling diminishes.

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Why Choose the Hadlock Center for Facial Plastic Surgery for Your Otoplasty? 

Founded by the renowned Dr. Tessa Hadlock, the Hadlock Center for Facial Plastic Surgery can help you undergo your otoplasty with confidence. Dr. Hadlock is a distinguished professor of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School who was the director of the Harvard facial nerve center for more than 20 years. She’s board-certified in facial and reconstructive surgery as well as otolaryngology - head and neck surgery and has authored more than 200 articles advancing the art and science of facial paralysis.

With her patient-centric approach, Dr. Hadlock and her team prioritize patient well-being, offering individualized attention and support throughout your surgical journey. Contact the Hadlock Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Boston, MA, to schedule an otoplasty consultation with Dr. Hadlock, and embark on a transformative journey to renewed confidence.

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