Portland Plastic Surgery Group
1200 Northwest Naito Parkway #310
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: (503) 292-9200
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Ear Surgery in Portland
Large, asymmetrical, and prominent ears may cause embarrassment for many children, as well as adults in Portland. Otoplasty (also known as ear surgery) can help make the ears look smaller or sit closer to the head. While this procedure is common in children who are grade-school age, it can also be performed for men and women who suffer from low self-esteem or who have been ridiculed because of the appearance of their ears.
Your Ear Surgery
While ear pinning is commonly performed on children, many women and men who are self-conscious about their ears consider otoplasty. During your consultation, you will discuss which aspects of your ears you are dissatisfied with. The procedure does not affect hearing, and is relatively straightforward. Many patients who receive ear surgery are so happy with the results that they wondered why they waited so long to seek surgery in the first place.
Otoplasty is highly effective in children because their ear tissue is flexible. And, by having the procedure at an early age, the child may avoid the teasing that often accompanies children with protruding ears.
*Dr. Zegzula and Dr. O'Brien are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons
Procedure & Recovery
Otoplasty can be performed under light local or general anesthesia. The procedure takes about 2 to 3 hours and is performed by making an incision behind the ear where it connects to the head. Once the excess skin and cartilage is removed, the ear is pinned closer to the head using permanent sutures.
After the procedure, a head bandage will be worn for 3 to 5 days to support the ears and ensure that they retain their new shape. Patients should not sleep on their sides while recovering from otoplasty. A headband-like dressing will replace the bandage after the first few days following the procedure. After the sutures are removed (about 1 week after surgery), patients are ready to enjoy the results of their procedure.Back to Top