Ear Reshaping

Dr. Wayne Larrabee of Seattle, Washington is a plastic surgeon who visits with patients regularly who are concerned about the appearance of their ears. Luckily, with today’s surgical techniques, there are ways to address imperfect ears: otoplasty. Otoplasty, the medical term for ear surgery, is a common treatment provided to patients who have imperfections of the ears that they want to address with the help of a plastic surgeon.

What can be achieved with an otoplasty?

With ear reshaping surgery, patients can achieve:

  • Ears that have improved symmetry
  • Changes in the shape or size of the ears
  • Ears that rest closer to the head and reduce prominence (ear pinning)
  • Better cosmetic appearance and contours
  • Changes to an ear that has a birth defect

What happens during ear surgery?

Depending on the patient, Dr. Wayne Larrabee may perform the procedure with either local anesthetics or general anesthetics. The ear cartilage is altered to achieve the patient’s aesthetic goals. The incision points are made behind the ear to disguise any scarring that may be left behind after the procedure. The doctor will use proper techniques to achieve the goals of the patient, whether it be ear pinning or cosmetic reshaping.

How long does ear surgery take to complete?

In most cases, the procedure is done in two hours or less, depending on what is being performed. Patients will then be given post-operative care instructions to follow closely after the surgery to ensure proper healing. Dressing will be placed over the ears and will be evaluated during a follow-up appointment at The Larrabee Center for Plastic Surgery. Patients can ask during this time when they can return to normal activities such as work and social gatherings.

Considering ear reshaping?

If ear surgery is on your mind, talking with a professional about your needs is the first step in making progress towards your goals. Call Dr. Wayne Larrabee’s practice at (206) 386-3550 to schedule a consultation visit with his team at 600 Broadway, Suite #280. The office welcomes new patients ready to learn more about surgical—and nonsurgical—solutions for the face and body available at The Larrabee Center for Plastic Surgery in the Seattle, Washington community.  

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