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How We Can Help You Solve Your Prominent Ear Problem

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How We Can Help You Solve Your Prominent Ear Problem

Feb 8, 2021

From playground teasing to adult jabs, jokes about your ears are no laughing matter. If you’ve had enough of the sideways glances and insensitive remarks, you’re in luck. Otoplasty is a simple cosmetic surgery that can solve your ear problem and boost your confidence at the same time.

Whether yours are too prominent, too large, asymmetrical, or misshapen, Dr. Kiran Polavarapu can correct your prominent ears with otoplasty at Polavarapu Plastic Surgery in Fort Worth, Texas. Here’s what you need to know.


Do I need otoplasty?

It depends. Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure, which means it’s not medically necessary. However, the word “need” means different things to different people, and you may decide you need otoplasty to relieve the pain and anguish caused by negative remarks and reactions to your prominent ears.

Or you may deem the procedure necessary to increase your confidence level in social and professional situations. You might even feel the surgery is the only thing standing between you and a job (modeling and acting, for instance). All these are valid reasons for choosing otoplasty.

What can otoplasty fix?

Almost 23,000 Americans have their ears surgically changed every year, and their issues vary. Our patients who come to us for otoplasty have ears that are:

  • Too big
  • Misshapen
  • Protruding
  • Asymmetrical
  • Cupped and too small
  • Folded or lopped
  • Injured

Some even come to us after a previous surgery left them less-than-satisfied with the results. Dr. Polavarapu’s years of experience, prestigious training, and board certification make her one of the leading plastic surgeons in Texas, which is why so many trust her when it comes to complicated and routine surgeries alike.

How can otoplasty solve my prominent ear problem?

The exact procedure Dr. Polavarapu uses during your otoplasty depends entirely on the problem she’s correcting.

For protruding ears, she may make a small incision on the backside and sculpt the cartilage, then bend it back toward your head. In some instances, she may remove a small piece of the cartilage. In either case, she adds a few permanent stitches that hold your ear in its new position closer to your head.

It may be necessary to enter through the front side of your ear, in which case Dr. Polavarapu carefully hides the incision in an inner fold so you won’t see the resulting scar.

Whether your ears are too big, too small, the wrong shape, or even nonexistent, Dr. Polavarapu has the skill and technology necessary to transform them into natural-looking ears that are proportional and more symmetrical.

Recovery from otoplasty

Expect your surgery to last 2-3 hours, and then plan to spend another hour or two in recovery. Once the anesthesia wears off, you’re free to go home with our detailed aftercare instructions and our full support.

You can go back to work in about a week, about the same time you come back to us for a follow-up visit and removal of your stitches. When we remove the protective dressing, you may see a bit of residual bruising that will completely fade in another week, but the main thing you’ll notice is your new ears.

Our patients are always amazed that the results are immediately visible, and most can’t wait to get out and show them off.

If you’ve always wanted to do something about your ears — or you want to help your child avoid the inevitable teasing — now’s the time. Call us at 817-615-8576, or book your consultation with Dr. Polavarapu online today.

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