Ear Tucking (Otoplasty)

What is Otoplasty – Ear Reconstruction Surgery?

Otoplasty, or ear reconstruction surgery, is a procedure offered at our Kirkland, Washington office for patients who want to change the shape, position, and size of their ear(s). There could be various reasons why someone would seek an otoplasty, but the most common is when the ears stick out too far from the head, making them appear much larger. This surgery can be performed on one or both ears.


The Procedure

Adults usually undergo an Otoplasty under mild sedation and local anesthesia. During an otoplasty for protruding ears, the doctor will carefully perform small incisions and restructure the ear cartilage to be positioned closer to the head. Then sutures are administered to maintain this new placement, which leads to the appearance of a smaller ear. The procedure is simple and brief and the results are lifelong.


Ear Surgery FAQs

  • Can I drive after Ear Surgery?

    If Dr. Partington chooses to use IV sedation or general anesthesia for your otoplasty, you may not be able to drive yourself home after ear surgery.

  • How do you sleep after an Ear Surgery?

    Ear surgery patients must find a sleeping position that doesn’t result in them laying directly on a treated ear for several weeks.

  • Does an otoplasty effect hearing?

    No, ear surgery that is performed on the outside of the ear does not affect patients hearing ability, although some procedures may slightly alter the perception of sound, which you will adapt to over time.

  • Does an otoplasty last forever?

    The results of ear surgeries are permanent, although some changes in ear appearance can come when the surgery is performed on young children whose ears are still developing.

  • How is Ear Surgery done?

    Depending on the desired outcome, ear surgery involves removing cartilage and repositioning it to make the ear appear smaller, closer to the head, or larger.


The Recovery

The incision(s) are hidden behind the ear in the crease. Some patients experience mild bruising and swelling around the ear. Discomfort is easily controlled with pain medication after your procedure. Recovery is rapid and it is always important to follow Dr. Partington’s instructions to ensure the best results for your otoplasty.

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