Ear Surgery in Baltimore, MD
Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Theda C. Kontis offers ear surgery to the residents of Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas.
Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a surgical procedure done to correct prominent or distorted ears. It can be done on patients of all ages once the ears have developed completely (about age five). Healthy individuals who want to improve the size and shape of their ears are good candidates for the surgery, but it is particularly beneficial for children as a way to lessen teasing that can damage developing self-esteem. A consultation with Dr. Kontis will help you determine whether otoplasty is the right technique to help you achieve your desired appearance. Regardless of your age, ear surgery can improve your appearance significantly and give your self-confidence a boost.
What does ear surgery involve?
Ear surgery is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the age of the patient. A small incision is made behind the ears to expose the cartilage. Dr. Kontis then can sculpt and reshape the ears, reduce the size, and/or pin them closer to the head. Cartilage may be removed, and fine sutures hold the new shape in place. To achieve a desirable symmetry, the surgery is generally performed on both ears. The whole process can take between 2 and 3 hours, and on completion the head is wrapped in a bandage.
What is recovery from ear surgery like?
Patients may experience some throbbing or aching in the ears for a few days, along with some numbness or redness. Normal activities can be resumed after about 5 to 7 days, although more strenuous activities or anything involving contact with the ears should be avoided for a few months to help promote healing. The incisions are made behind the ears along natural folds, leading to virtually no scarring.
Individuals who have experienced embarrassment or ridicule from large, protruding ears are thrilled with the results of ear surgery. Dr. Kontis has used her expertise and skill to perform ear surgery successfully on many patients, with results that are demonstrated in our gallery of before and after pictures. Contact our office today and learn how ear surgery can increase your self-esteem and confidence and contribute to a new, more attractive you.
Board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Theda C. Kontis specializes in surgical and nonsurgical procedures that achieve youthful and natural results for the residents of Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas.