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Ear Surgery

The term “otoplasty” usually refers to a procedure in which prominent or forward-positioned ears are “pinned” back into a more natural position. The ears really are not “pinned” back as many people believe, but are rather reshaped into a more natural shape, which happens to “pin” them back. Most patients that have prominent ears have certain ear shape characteristics that can be corrected with the procedure.

Why choose Dr. Stoeckel?

Dr. Stoeckel is able to safely and effectively complete otoplasty surgery for both children and adults in his private outpatient surgical suite. The procedure can be completed with deep sedation anesthesia, which makes the early recovery period gentle. The private setting is particularly nice for children and makes the experience much less “scary” than it otherwise needs to be. Dr. Stoeckel has four children of his own and is able to relate to and comfort children of all ages.

Dr. Stoeckel's Ear Surgery Results

What are the ear characteristics that can be corrected with otoplasty surgery?

When should otoplasty surgery be performed?

Otoplasty surgery is typically and most effectively completed when a child is around 5-7 years old. During this time, the ear has already reached about 85% of its growth potential, but the cartilages of the ear are still pliable and easily reshaped.

But the surgery can still be completed with excellent results in older children and adults. Many older patients only wish that they had considered having the procedure completed earlier.

Before and after photo of Ear Surgery

5 year old patient

Before and after photo of Ear Surgery

28 year old patient

How long does otoplasty surgery take?

Dr. Stoeckel performs the surgery with sedation anesthesia for most patients, but it can be performed with just local anesthetics. The procedure takes about 1.5 hours to complete.

Can earlobes that have been stretched by gauge earrings be fixed?

Split and stretched earlobes are relatively easy to repair. The surgery can be completed with just local anesthesia in less than 1 hour. Even with severely stretched earlobes, a normal shape to the earlobe can be restored. There is little to no recovery and the scars heal extremely well in most cases.

Earlobe Surgery Before and After Photos
Before and after photos of Ear Surgery

Stretched lobes after earlobe repair

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