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Otoplasty in Salt Lake City, UTEven though they are a cosmetic issue, congenitally prominent or large ears can have severe emotional and behavioral effects.

Upon discovering that his huge ears allowed him to fly, everything changed for Dumbo.

But living with prominent ears as a child or adult may result in life-altering issues with self-esteem.

Prominent ears are seen in many forms, including bat ear, cup ear, lop ear and shell ear.

Many people use hairstyles to camouflage their ears and express feelings of joy when they are at last comfortable enough to wear their hair short or combed back following surgery.

Otoplasty 101: 

  • Otoplasty is the procedure designed to give the outer ear (auricle) a more natural and anatomic appearance. It can set prominent ears closer to the head and reduce the size of large ears. Approximately five percent of the population is affected and they generally have normal hearing.
  • Otoplasty is typically done on both ears for optimal symmetry.
  • Otoplasty does not change the location of your ears or alter your ability to hear.
  • Otopolasty can be done at any age after the ears have reached their full size, usually after the age of five, throughout adulthood.

What happens during and after surgery? 

An otoplasty procedure last about two to three hours and may be performed in a hospital or as an outpatient surgery under general or local anesthesia.

The surgical technique used will be based on the type of correction needed.

Dr. Dunkley will chose the technique and determine the location of the incisions.

After making the incisions, Dr. Dunkley may remove excess cartilage and skin, folding the cartilage into the proper position and securing it with internal stitches.

  • The incisions may be:
    • On the backs of your ears
    • Within the inner creases of your ears

Following surgery, there may be some discomfort and itching.

Your ears will be covered in a headband for protection and support.

When your bandages are removed, you will notice an immediate, permanent change in the appearance of your ears.

Call Dr. Dunkley today at 801.268.2650 for a consultation to discuss your otoplasty expectations.