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Dr. Lloyd Van Wyck

Otoplasty: Surgical Ear Reshaping

Otoplasty, also known as ear reshaping or ear pinning, can refine your ears so that they lie closer to the side of your head. If ear shape or protrusion is making you or your child feel self-conscious, schedule an otoplasty consultation at Dr. Lloyd Van Wyck's Ottawa, ON, plastic surgery center. Dr. Van Wyck can design a custom surgical plan to remove small portions of cartilage in order to refine the ears and achieve a better complement to your overall appearance. Contact Dr. Van Wyck's office today to schedule your one-on-one consultation.

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Otoplasty can refine your ears so that they lie closer to the side of your head.

Otoplasty Candidacy

Otoplasty is one of the few cosmetic surgery procedures commonly performed on adults and children alike. 

Unfortunately, many children with excessively protruding ears often suffer unwanted attention in addition to their own self-consciousness about their appearance. Otoplasty can help children feel more confident in their appearance during their formative years. Dr. Van Wyck will explain the procedure and the results it can provide so that you can determine as a family if this surgery is the right choice.

Men and women alike choose to undergo this surgery in combination with other facial cosmetic procedures for more comprehensive results. During your consultation, Dr. Van Wyck can determine if otoplasty can help you achieve the appearance you desire.

Otoplasty Surgery

On the day of your otoplasty surgery, Dr. Van Wyck will administer local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. He may also provide sedation to help you relax during the procedure. Dr. Van Wyck will create small vertical incisions behind your ears following the crease where your ear cartilage meets the side of your head.

Through these incisions, Dr. Van Wyck will carefully excise small portions of cartilage and skin. He will pin the remaining tissue closer to the sides of your head using sutures. This permanently reshapes the cartilage to maintain the refined position of the ears. Next, Dr. Van Wyck will carefully close the incisions and apply bandages. Otoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure, so you can return home after surgery.

Otoplasty Recovery

In the days following surgery, you will continue to wear bandages over your ears. You will need to avoid placing pressure on your ears and avoid any physical activity that places your ears at risk of physical trauma. You should sleep on your back during the weeks following surgery. You may experience some swelling, tenderness, and bruising in the first week after surgery.

Dr. Van Wyck will meet with you for a post-operative appointment approximately one week following your surgery to ensure that your incisions are healing properly and that your results are developing as expected. 

Begin Your Journey

Your facial features complement each other to achieve your distinct appearance. When one of these features looks disproportionate, it can cause intense feelings of self-consciousness, taking a toll on self-esteem and quality of life. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your ears, we are here to help you. Contact Dr. Van Wyck's office today with any questions, or to schedule a one-on-one consultation.

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