Otoplasty or ear surgery is a procedure in which Dr. Rodwell corrects large or protruding ears. If the ears are misshapen or do not match, they can be reshaped during this surgery.

While otoplasty can be performed on both adults and children, it is advantageous to perform the surgery on children, when possible, to spare them the teasing that often results from ear abnormalities. Generally, the procedure is safe for children over the age of five when the ears have reached full size.

Otoplasty requires considerable skill and experience on the part of your surgeon. Dr. Rodwell has performed many successful ear surgeries and works well with young patients.

Dr. Rodwell is a skilled surgeon with a terrific bedside manner. No one compares with this level of work.

—Michael W.

If your earlobes have been torn or stretched, however, Dr. Rodwell performs a specialized earlobe repair surgery for that issue. For patients with elongated or sagging earlobes due to aging, he offers earlobe reduction to restore earlobes to normal size.

Why consider Otoplasty?

Otoplasty can:

  • Reduce the size of large ears
  • Correct ears that stick out, bringing them closer to the head
  • Reshape ears when desired
  • Make the ears more symmetrical or better matching in shape and size

Dr. Rodwell’s Approach to Ear Surgery

Ear surgery is highly customized for each patient based on what is required and desired. Dr. Rodwell will listen to what you hope for your ears and will evaluate your anatomy, letting you know what is realistic for you or your child.

Incisions can usually be hidden in ear folds or behind the ears. In the case of protruding ears, a procedure called “ear pinning” is usually performed. This involves permanently suturing the back of the ears closer to the head.

The surgery might be done using general anesthesia (recommended for children) or using a local anesthetic and sedation.

What to Expect After Otoplasty

Otoplasty patients should be able to return to work or school one week after surgery with a few restrictions on strenuous activity. The ears will be bandaged, and no ear buds can be used during the healing process. The patient must also sleep on his or her back for a period of time.

You can expect some bruising, soreness, and swelling for a couple of weeks, but this can be managed with mild pain medication. Slightly elevating the head during rest will help to keep inflammation to a minimum.

Of course, Dr. Rodwell will monitor the patient’s progress to make sure the ears are healing properly.

If you are considering otoplasty in Charleston, contact Dr. Rodwell today to discuss your candidacy.