Why Choose Ear Surgery?

Protruding ears or abnormally shaped ears can be a tremendous source of embarrassment for many people. Kids, especially, can be cruel in their teasing of other kids whose ears may stick out.

Sadly, the outcome of this can be a poor self-image and lack of self-confidence for those who have protruding ears. Dr. Frankel offers an ear surgery in Cleveland that can correct abnormally shaped ears, called otoplasty (ear pinning).  

Ear Surgery May Refer To:

  • Re-shaping the ears
  • Pinning the ears back 
  • Changing the prominence of one or both ears 

Ear Surgery Details

With otoplasty, Dr. Frankel will make an incision behind the ear in order to change the shape of the ear cartilage through the placement of sutures. The goal is to bring the ears into better proportion with the rest of the head.

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Recovery

Otoplasty is generally an outpatient procedure, and the patient can go home afterward. Return to a normal routine usually takes about one week; however, children may not play any type of sports or do any gym activity for two weeks.

Some patients will need bandages or an ear bolster for help with swelling and protection of the area. You (or your child) may have discomfort, numbness, and/or itching around the ears, but these should subside quickly. 

During recovery, it’s important to keep pressure off of the ears, even during sleep. If the otoplasty patient is a child, it’s important to monitor them to ensure they’re not scratching or touching their ears as they heal. 

We will go over specific aftercare instructions for the specific type of otoplasty you or your child has to have a smooth recovery and get the best outcome possible. It takes about three weeks for final results, although there may be some minor residual swelling. 

Candidates

for Ear Surgery

If you’re considering ear surgery in Beachwood, MayField Heights, and Cleveland for yourself or your child, here is what makes the best otoplasty patient:

  • Over the age of five
  • Have ears that are overly large
  • Have ears that stick out
  • Have ears that are misshapen
  • Is in overall good health 
  • Does not smoke 
  • Understands the procedure and recovery process
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Earlobe Repair

A common ear procedure performed by Dr. Frankel is earlobe repair. This procedure restores the appearance of earlobes that have been stretched out or even torn. 

Long or heavy earrings can take a toll on the earlobes, creating micro-tears that eventually elongate the lobes. Sometimes children or pets tear the earrings out, causing a rip in the earlobe. Sometimes trends are the culprit, as we often see in ear gauges. Whatever your cause of needing earlobe repair, Dr. Frankel can help. 

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What is the best age to have otoplasty done?

What is the best age to have otoplasty done?

Otoplasty can be performed on anyone whose ears have reached their full size, which usually takes place around age 5 to 6.

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Dr. Frankel: Otoplasty Surgeon 

If you’re in the Cleveland and Mayfield Heights area and you’re interested in learning more about otoplasty or earlobe repair, we welcome you to reach out to us to schedule a consultation with double board-certified surgeon Dr. Jonathan Frankel. His practice is the premier center for facial plastic surgery in Cleveland, and he specializes in procedures of the face and neck. Dr. Frankel provides excellent results at a good value. Our practice is patient-centered, and we want the best results for each and every one of them. We strive to exceed our patients’ expectations and provide exceptional care in a warm and personable environment. 

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