Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is commonly performed on children and adults to correct issues like overly large ears, protruding ears, malformed ears, and ears that have been damaged or torn. But what about ears that are noticeably asymmetrical? At Union Square Facial Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, we specialize in otoplasty and can properly address asymmetrical ears with ear surgery, as well. 

What Is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that permanently reshapes the ears. This can include altering the shape, size, and/or projection of the ears to improve facial balance and harmony.

Otoplasty is typically performed under local anesthesia for adults. For children, IV sedation or general anesthesia may be recommended. The procedure takes around one to two hours to complete. Patients can return home the same day as their procedure.

How Can Otoplasty Correct Asymmetry?

While everyone’s ears are asymmetrical to a degree, some people have more noticeable differences in the shape, size, or general appearance of their ears. When a patient experiences self-consciousness or emotional distress due to significant ear asymmetry, otoplasty may be recommended.

Otoplasty surgically alters the ears to provide dramatic and permanent results. In most cases, surgery will need to be performed on both ears, even if one of the ears reflects the patient’s aesthetic ideals for ear shape and size. Rather than trying to make one ear look like the other, which can make it more difficult to achieve an optimal outcome, our surgeons will typically alter both ears, as needed, to produce a more symmetrical, cosmetically pleasing final result.

Asymmetry Issues Otoplasty Can Correct

Otoplasty can correct different parts of the ears and specific aesthetic issues. For ears that protrude too far from the head, the distance from the ear to the side of the head is measured multiple times throughout the procedure. Once both ears are the same distance from the head they will have a more symmetrical appearance. 

Earlobe size and length can vary between ears. One earlobe may be more attached to the side of the head, while the other dangles freely. The earlobes can be trimmed and reshaped to resemble each other and can be attached closer to the head. 

Some people may have a malformation with the ear folds of one of their ears. This can cause issues like a constricted ear, cupped ear, lopped ear, Stahl’s ear, or conchal eversion. In these instances, the cartilage of the ear can be scored and reshaped to correct any malformations in the ear. In some cases, the removal of excess cartilage may be required. 

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you are looking for a skilled and experienced surgeon to perform your otoplasty, contact Union Square Facial Plastic Surgery in San Francisco today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Chiu Collins is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is dedicated to providing our patients with the personalized surgical care they deserve.