Improve Your Facial Harmony With Ear Surgery in Washington, DC

Many people are self-conscious about the way their ears look. Whether your ears are protruding, asymmetrical, or unusually shaped, it can become a major source of self-consciousness and embarrassment. At Forman Plastic Surgery, we offer ear surgery as a means to enhance the overall appearance of your ears and correct any unwanted abnormalities.

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What Is Ear Surgery?

Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to improve the shape, symmetry, and overall appearance of the ears. This procedure can be done for both children and adults, and it’s often used to correct ear abnormalities that are present at birth or that have developed due to injury or trauma.

Otoplasty can be used to correct a variety of ear issues, including the following:

  • Prominent ears (ears that stick out too far from the head)
  • Cupped ears (ears that are too small or have an unusual shape)
  • Lop ears (ears that fold down and forward)
  • Shell ears (ears that are missing the natural folds and creases)
  • Asymmetrical ears
  • Low-hanging ears
  • Earlobe damage
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Who Is a Good Candidate for Ear Surgery?

Adults and children with ear deformities or abnormalities could be good candidates for otoplasty in DC. Ideal candidates for the procedure should be in good health, and in the case of children, should have dully developed ears (this typically occurs around five years of age).

Earlobe Repair

In addition to standard otoplasty, Dr. Douglas Forman offers earlobe repair for individuals with damaged earlobes. If you have a torn or stretched earlobe due to heavy earrings or gauges, an accident, or other causes, earlobe repair surgery can help you restore its natural shape and appearance. During the procedure, Dr. Forman removes the damaged tissue and stitches the remaining skin together to create a new, intact earlobe.

What Is the Recovery Like After Ear Surgery?

After your otoplasty procedure, you’ll need to wear a headband or bandages around your ears to protect them and promote proper healing. You can expect some swelling and bruising for the first few days, but this will gradually subside. It’s important to leave the bandages in place and not rub or scratch your ears, despite any itching as they heal. Most patients can return to work or school within a week, but it’s important to avoid any strenuous physical activity for at least a month. To ensure proper healing and optimal results, it’s imperative that you follow all of Dr. Forman’s instructions during your recovery.

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Ear Surgery FAQ

What are the different types of ear surgery?

What are the risks of ear surgery?

How long do otoplasty results last?

How long does ear surgery take?

What are the different types of ear surgery?

There are three main types of otoplasty: ear reduction, ear pinning, and earlobe repair. Ear reduction is performed to make large ears smaller or to reshape ears with abnormalities. Ear pinning, on the other hand, is performed to bring protruding ears closer to the head. Earlobe repair focuses on the lobes of your ears and is generally performed to resolve physical trauma or unwanted piercings.

What are the risks of ear surgery?

Ear surgery is a low-risk procedure. However, like any surgery, it does come with certain risks. These risks include infection, bleeding, scarring, and changes in ear sensation.

How long do otoplasty results last?

Otoplasty is typically considered a permanent procedure, and the results should last a lifetime. However, the ears will continue to age and change over time, which may gradually affect the results of the surgery.

How long does ear surgery take?

The length of an otoplasty procedure depends on the specific type of surgery being performed and the complexity of the case. Ear reduction surgery typically takes around one to two hours, while ear pinning surgery may take up to three hours. Earlobe repair usually only takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete.

Why Choose Forman Plastic Surgery for Your Ear Surgery in DC?

At Forman Plastic Surgery, we take great pride in consistently providing the best possible cosmetic surgery experience for our patients. For your otoplasty procedure in DC, you’ll be under the expert care of Dr. Douglas Forman, a board-certified plastic surgeon and a respected leader in his field. Throughout his highly accomplished career, Dr. Forman has earned many awards and recognitions. For example, he has been regularly recognized as a “Top Doctor” by reputable publications like US News and World Report and Washington Post Magazine. Contact us today if you’re ready to schedule your consultation with Dr. Forman.

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