Otoplasty Case 1
Excessive ear projection is a complaint that may adults have had since childhood. An otoplasty is a surgical procedure to setback the ears to a more aesthetic position. This is done by decreasing the depth of the bowl and/or creating a fold to curve the outer ear into a better position.
Otoplasty Case 2
A combination of recreating the bowl of the ear as well as the fold resulted in a pleasant result and a happy patient.
Otoplasty Case 3
A 20 year old man was referred for corrective jaw surgery. During the consultation he asked, "I wish you could do something about my ears." The over-projection of his ears had been a concern for him since childhood. One year later, he was extremely pleased with the symmetry, contour, and lasting results.
Otoplasty Case 3
Multiple techniques can be used to set back the ears. Dr. Diepenbrock doesn't take shortcuts. He uses techniques that provide a permanent solution. Other, less experienced surgeons, often have the ears relapse over time.
Otoplasty Case 4
There are two main causes that result in protruding ears. The first is that the bowl of the ear is too deep. There is too much cartilage. The second main component is a fold, referred to as the anti-helical fold, is either non-existent or very week. These photos show before and after treating the excessive bowl depth an creation of the inner fold.
Otoplasty Case 5
Cases where the earlobe(s) protrude in addition to the rest of the ear can be very challenging. If the earlobes are left without intervention, than a very unnatural appearance will result. Dr. Diepenbrock is very familiar with techniques to reduce the protrusion of the earlobe itself. In fact, he has written two articles in prestigious cosmetic journals dealing with just the earlobes.
Otoplasty Case 6
It is important to note the natural appearance of the post-procedure photos. It would be nearly impossible to tell that this gentleman had an otoplasty. The results are natural and do not appear "operated".
Otoplasty Case 7
The ideal time to do an otoplasty is when a boy or girl is 5 or 6 years old. Early correction of protruding ears may help alleviate years of ridicule and teasing. Often times, parents and pediatricians are unaware of how beneficial early intervention may be. Frequently, young adults who are now living independently, present to me stating "I have wanted to have this done since I was in Kindergarten."
Otoplasty Case 7
It is plain to see in these photos how the ear can be setback by creating the inner (anti-helical) fold of the ear. The final results are precise, stable, and natural.
Otoplasty Case 8
More and more people today come in wanting their gauged ears repaired. Whether to enter the job market, join the military, or simply because they want a change, gauged ear repair is always customized to reestablish a natural result.
Otoplasty Case 9
Subtle nuances should be reserved for experienced otoplasty surgeons. In this case, the patient's earlobes were protruding at nearly 90° angles. After reconstruction, the lobes now sit flat.
Otoplasty Case 10
Another happy patient 6 months after bilateral otoplasty!
Otoplasty Case 11
Sometimes piercings can cause significant scaring and keloid formation. This patient had an ear piercing that quickly modified into a keloid. Using multiple treatments with medication, radiation, and surgical correction, his final result was aesthetic and barely noticeable.
Otoplasty Case 12
Exceptional final results after setting back both ears. Life changing and confidence building.
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