Otoplasty (Cosmetic Ear Surgery) in Vancouver + Richmond
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Perhaps the most common characteristic that can be addressed through facial plastic surgery is prominent ears. Children with prominent ears are often teased and although it is ideal to perform the surgery in early childhood, most people don’t have surgery until later. Also we age, the outer ear undergoes more changes. Collagen fibers relax with time and the ears of older people develop telltale creases and elongated earlobes.
People of all ages undergo cosmetic ear surgery every year as it is straightforward and has a dramatic impact on appearance. By adjusting the amount of cartilage behind the ear, it is reshaped and repositioned closer to the skull. Evidence of the procedure is almost invisible. The surgery occurs behind the ear and any scars are usually faint, and hidden by the ear crease and/or hair. Otoplasty usually takes less than 2 hours to complete and recovery is 1 week. The results however, last a lifetime and can deliver a dramatic boost to self-image and confidence.
BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES OF DR. BARTLETT’S PATIENTS
Normally, the ears begin to take shape early in pregnancy. Delicate structures of cartilage and soft tissue covered by a thin layer of skin, the ears first stick straight out. Then, as the natural folds of the ear develop, they gradually assume a position closer to the head. By the time of birth, a baby’s outer ears have achieved the complex arrangement of folds that give the ear its characteristic shape. For unknown reasons in certain individuals, the normal folds may fail to develop with resultant cuplike ears that project from the side of the head.
In other cases, excess ear cartilage develops, resulting in normally shaped ears that stick out too far. Occasionally, the ears just grow to be too large. Because each ear develops independently, it is not uncommon for one ear to protrude more than the other, or have a noticeably different shape leading to an unbalanced look.