Otoplasty, sometimes called ear surgery, is generally simple, but it can make a world of difference in the way someone feels about their appearance. It involves reshaping the ears, making them smaller, or repositioning them. Tampa plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Greenwald has been performing this type of procedure successfully for more than 10 years on patients from Clearwater, Naples, Sarasota, St Petersburg and other cities in the Tampa Bay area.  He combines his years of experience with extensive training at Harvard, Princeton and Yale, and the most innovative otoplasty techniques to help his patients achieve the look they desire.

Through otoplasty, ears can be:

  • Moved closer to the head so they don’t stick out as far
  • Made smaller, often through lobe reduction
  • Altered to be more symmetrical, either in size or position
  • Reconstructed to correct deformities

What happens during an otoplasty?

The strategies used during this procedure depend on the goal Dr. Greenwald is trying to achieve on behalf of his patient. In the most common otoplasty procedure, the aim is to reduce the protrusion of the ears and bring them closer to the head. For that procedure, the patient is sedated with an IV sedative and the ears are treated with local anesthesia –sometimes younger patients are placed under general anesthesia. Incisions are made in the back of the ear, the skin is lifted, and Dr. Greenwald alters the cartilage with shallow cuts and folds. Sometimes, cartilage is removed from the ear. Dissolvable sutures hold the ear in its new position.  The procedure follows on the other ear and the head is wrapped in a gentle compression dressing.

Surgical concerns

Otoplasty is generally a very safe and minimally invasive procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis. Occasionally, patients will experience complications common to any surgery including scarring, swelling, bleeding, infection, or bruising.

If you’d like more information about otoplasty at Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, contact us today at 888-840-3199. We take patients from Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Naples, Sarasota, and elsewhere in Florida or beyond.