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Otoplasty is the term given to various techniques to correct an over protruded ear. Although fully functional, over protruded ears can have devastating social consequences. Children with this anatomical variation are frequently ridiculed and mocked in schools leading to social isolation and depression. Surgical correction is usually recommended in childhood. This is especially true for boys, since their hair does not typically cover the ears.
Otoplasty Clinical considerations
The first and most important consideration is the timing of the surgery. Typically, otoplasty is performed after 5 years of age. By then, the ears have grown to adult size thus allowing the surgical correction to be symmetric and long lasting. Also by that age most children have not started school and thus have not been subjected to ridicule. The second consideration is that of surgical technique. Depending on the exact anatomy various minimally invasive procedures can be done to restore the natural appearance of the ear and its projection. Although this is a cosmetic procedure, the ears are functional organs and function of the ear must be maintained.
Dr. Hootan Zandifar is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Ronen Nazarian is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and is fellowship trained in Otology and Neuro-otology. Together they bring tremendous knowledge and a unique experience in both cosmetic and functional repairs of the ear.