What can be done if your ears are protruding or disproportional to the rest of your facial features? The anxiety sometimes associated this feature can be relentless, especially on a child. Dr. Del Vecchio sees patients with prominent ears and with ear deformities at his Boston Plastic Surgery office. He often recommends “ear pinning”, or otoplasty surgery to help your ears look more natural. The goal of otoplasty is to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the apparent size of large, prominent ears.
In Boston otoplasty candidates best suited for the procedure are people who are in good health and have realistic expectations about what the otoplasty procedure can deliver. Most otoplasty patients are between the ages of four to fourteen although Dr. Del Vecchio has done the procedure on many adults as well. Dr. Del Vecchio will need to evaluate your individual situation to make sure your ears have reached full or nearly full size which is generally at the age of five or six.
During your consultation in Boston otoplasty patients will be interviewed by Dr. Del Vecchio, who will seek to understand your expectations for the surgery. Make sure to be candid about your desired outcome and your medical history as this will help Dr. Del Vecchio with his recommendations. Dr. Del Vecchio will then examine the shape and form of your ears and discuss the options for changing the shape of particular portions of the ear anatomy. Often times a patient thinks only one ear may need to be pinned back. In these situations, Dr. Del Vecchio often suggests both ears be pinned back to achieve a more symmetrical appearance. Based on your discussion and his evaluation, Dr. Del Vecchio can then determine if the otoplasty is right for you. Prior to your consultation, make sure to view the Boston Otoplasty Photo Gallery to see prior patients and the results achieved. If you see results which compare to what you hope to achieve, bring a sample to your consultation.
If you decide to have the procedure done by Dr Del Vecchio in Boston otoplasty routinely takes one to two hours. Dr. Del Vecchio generally begins the otoplasty surgery by making an incision just behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear is joined with your head. He will then surgically remove the necessary amounts of cartilage and skin required to achieve the desired result. In addition, small sutures are used to create a roll in the ear which is often missing in the anti helix, giving the ear a flattened look. In some cases, Dr. Del Vecchio will also need to trim cartilage, shaping it into a more desirable form and then pin the cartilage back with permanent sutures to secure the cartilage. He will discuss the otoplasty procedure in great detail during your consultation, and will draw pictures of ears and show you photographs of the surgery and before and after photographs of former otoplasty patients.
The otoplasty procedure is done on an outpatient basis at one of several facilities where Dr. Del Vecchio has privileges. He can perform the otoplasty at various locations in the Boston area. If you are interested in having your otoplasty in Boston, the surgery will be performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a Harvard teaching hospital. If you are coming from the South Shore, Cape Cod and Rhode Island, Quincy Medical Center is available for your convenience. For otoplasty patients who are from the North Shore and New Hampshire, North Shore Medical Center is an excellent choice.
Are you looking for more information about otoplasty surgery? The best way to learn more about otoplasty in Boston is to schedule your consultation. Dr. Del Vecchio will spend as much time as needed to make you feel comfortable with your otoplasty procedure. He encourages you to write any questions down prior to the consultation and bring them with you when you visit his office.
What’s next? If you have additional questions or would like to schedule your otoplasty consultation, please contact our office by e-mail or by phone at 617 262 8528.