Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Surgery of the ears treats a number of different problems. These problems include ears that “stick out” excessively or have abnormally shaped cartilage, earlobes that are stretched out or torn by earrings, and earlobes that droop from age and gravity. All of these issues can be addressed with cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty) at Scottsdale Center for Plastic Surgery.

Receive a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Robert Cohen, Dr. Steven Sigalove or Dr. Josh Olson to learn more about cosmetic ear surgery. Our facility is conveniently located for women and men living in Tempe, Paradise Valley and other areas of Greater Phoenix.

Ear Surgery for Cosmetic Correction

Excessively protruding ears are clearly not a physical health risk. However, as our surgeons found while earning their certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, they are frequently a psychological health risk as they can cause tremendous embarrassment and self-esteem issues in patients – particularly in school-aged children. Resulting from an abnormality of the ear cartilage folds, or the position of the ear cartilage, this problem generally develops early in life and can affect one or both ears to varying degrees. Teasing and name-calling by peers can cause otherwise healthy, happy children to become withdrawn and depressed. The same can hold true for adults, who often reject certain hairstyles, and may even avoid pools and the ocean in an effort to hide their ears from view.

Luckily, as a group of board-certified plastic surgeons, our surgeons are able to correct this problem by placing a few corrective stitches in the ear cartilage through an incision hidden behind the ear (a procedure called an otoplasty). This is absolutely one of our surgeons’ favorite surgeries because it has an immediate impact on ourpatients’ self-esteem. In particular, we have seen many children (prior to surgery) literally burst into tears when asked about teasing at school. After surgery, we witness a dramatic improvement in their self-confidence and pride. We notice similar changes in our adult patients, who have often dealt with ridicule throughout their childhood and adult life. We believe that otoplasty is the quintessential plastic procedure as it is not life saving, but it can absolutely be life changing.

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Another common ear problem is a stretched or completely torn earring hole. This can occur as a result of long-term use of heavy earrings, ear gauges, or from a traumatic tearing by an earring. In either case, we repair the earlobe by numbing the skin and closing the enlarged or torn earring hole. We are also able to reduce the size of the earlobe or refine its shape if requested by a patient.

Finally, some of our patients complain that their earlobes became longer and “dangly” with age. These elongated earlobes can significantly add to the aged appearance of a face. Earlobes that have stretched with time and gravity can be easily corrected with a few dissolvable stitches either alone using local numbing medication, or as part of a facelift. Patients are frequently amazed at how much an earlobe reduction can improve the youthful appearance of their faces.

Take the Next Step

Request a cosmetic consultation using our online form or call (480) 423-1973 to schedule an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Cohen, Dr. Steven Sigalove or Dr. Josh Olson. Your surgeon will be happy to answer any questions you may have about ear shaping and earlobe repair. Dr. Cohen, Dr. Sigalove and Dr. Olson welcome patients from all over Arizona, as well as other states and countries. Their facility serves Scottsdale, Phoenix and Paradise Valley.

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