Surgery for protruding ears is designed to improve the appearance of the outer ears. The procedure has no effect on a patient’s hearing. Instead, it can provide aesthetic benefits as well as an emotional boost for a child or adult who is embarrassed, self-conscious, or ridiculed about his or her protruding ears. For the best possible outcome from this type of procedure, it is essential to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in performing otoplasty, or ear pinning surgery. Prospective patients in the Tampa, Florida, area can consult with Dr. Greenwald at Bayshore Plastic Surgery, who has been performing surgery for protruding ears and other cosmetic procedures for more than 20 years.
At a surgery center near Tampa, FL, Dr. Greenwald performs surgery to address protruding ears for patients whose ears have grown and developed to their full adult size (which generally occurs by age five) and:
- Are naturally large (a condition known as macrotia)
- Seem to overwhelm the face
- “Stick out” from the head
- Have become misshapen or disproportionate as a result of an injury
- Are asymmetrical or distorted due to a structural issue that was present at birth
As explained by Dr. Greenwald, most of these physical characteristics result from one or both of the following anatomic variations: a flattened or underdeveloped antihelical fold (the ridge of cartilage that normally curves the ear inward toward the head) or a deep concal bowl (the depressed area of cartilage at the center of the outer ear). During a personal consultation, Dr. Greenwald can thoroughly assess an individual’s anatomy and recommend an individualized procedure to address the specific cause of excessive ear protrusion and improve the overall harmony of the facial features. He can also answer questions and provide detailed information on what a prospective patient might experience during the ear pinning recovery process.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Greenwald to discuss surgery for protruding ears and view his ear pinning before and after photos at Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, call 1-888-840-3199.