Some people feel embarrassed about their prominent ears. Dr. Thomas Hubbard, board-certified plastic surgeon, performs ear surgery, or otoplasty, in Virginia Beach to reshape and reposition protruding ears for a more normal appearance. Dr. Hubbard will develop a uniquely detailed surgical plan to achieve the ideal results for each individual.
Learn more about otoplasty and how ear surgery can enhance one's overall appearance. Request your consultation online or contact our office at (757) 687-1900.
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Otoplasty provides a solution for individuals who wish to correct oversized ears or ears that protrude too far from the side of the head. People who have concerns about the shape of their ears can also benefit from ear surgery.
When a patient meets with Dr. Hubbard in Virginia Beach for an otoplasty consultation, Dr. Hubbard will carefully evaluate ear position and shape. He will explain how certain folds can develop improperly and how parts of the ear can overgrow.
The surgical plan involves moving the ears into a desired position, reducing the projection of the ears (ear pinning) and improving ear shape. This requires reshaping, sometimes partial removal of cartilage and controlling the position of the ear with sutures.
By making these corrections via the back of the ear, Dr. Hubbard can access the underlying cartilage, with little to no skin removal, while minimizing visible scarring. Preplanned zones of cartilage are carefully weakened so that they bend properly. Sutures beneath the skin hold the new shape and position.
Complete anesthetization of the ears is easily achieved, similar to the ease of anesthetizing the teeth and gums. Although only local anesthesia is used, the surgery is still performed in an operating room for a completely sterile environment. Most individuals can drive home after the procedure. Children typically require general anesthesia.
After the Procedure
A dressing is worn around the head for 3 days. Any discomfort is temporary and is easily managed with oral medication. People can usually return to work in 4 to 6 days, but must avoid exercise or any strenuous activities for 2 weeks. The patient wears an elastic headband at night for 2 months.
See Actual Otoplasty Results from Dr. Hubbard
Please visit our photo gallery page to see examples of otoplasty procedures.