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Ear surgery often proves to be life-changing, as the entire facial balance is restored. Are you considering ear surgery? We invite you to meet with Dr. Birely, who is among the most accomplished plastic surgeons in the Baltimore area. 

Otoplasty: Ear surgery in Baltimore

Technically termed “otoplasty,” ear correction surgery alters the ear appearance. It involves the removal of excess skin and cartilage and repositioning the ears, so they lie nicely parallel to the head. Ear surgery is performed both on adults and children and can significantly but subtly enhance your appearance.

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Ear Surgery – What Should I Expect?

If you have dreamed of altering the appearance of your ears, it is an exciting time – but you have questions. The surgery is performed with local anesthesia and is an outpatient treatment, which may require one to two hours, based on the corrections needed. The surgery involves placing an incision to remove the excess cartilage from the back of the ear, causing the ear structure to protrude. Once removed, the two sides are delicately sutured together. After the surgery is complete, the ears are bandaged so they are protected and can heal correctly. You are free to return home after the surgery.

Should I Have Ear Surgery?

If you have any of the following aesthetic issues, you have likely considered ear surgery:

  • Prominent ears
  • Overly large ears
  • Ears that protrude
  • Shell-shaped ears
  • Stahl’s ear 
  • Lack of ear symmetry
  • Excessively long or large earlobes
  • Lop ear (ear is folded at top)
  • Ears injured by trauma

Dr. Birely is an experienced, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who is known for the exceptional quality of his work. His precision, advanced techniques, and personal dedication and care for his patients have led to a reputation for excellence in the Baltimore area. He is honest, ensuring his patients are comfortable, cared for, understands the procedure and recovery, all in a pressure-free environment built on trust and communication.

Ear Surgery for Children and Adults

Ear surgery is one of the few cosmetic procedures that can be performed on children and adolescents. After the ears have achieved full growth, which occurs at about age six, ear surgery can be performed.

Some parents feel that a child or teenager should undergo ear surgery as early as possible. If you have questions about ear surgery for your child, you are invited to speak with Dr. Birely in a private consultation.

Adults who have prominent or protruding ears have often waited for years for the opportunity to correct the condition. They may wear longer hairstyles to hide protruding ears, and after the surgery, they are thrilled to be able to wear their hair up or in shorter styles with total confidence.

Ear surgery is fairly fast and has a short recovery time, but it can profoundly impact your self-confidence and enjoyment of life!

Ear Surgery Recovery 

After your surgery is complete, your ears are bandaged. At a follow-up appointment within a day or two, the bandage will be removed and replaced with a lighter dressing and often a surgical garment like a headband. You want to ensure your ears are protected from any impact while healing. This surgery does involve significant pain or discomfort, and most people require only over-the-counter medication to stay comfortable. Ensure you sleep with your head elevated on extra pillows and sleep on your back to avoid putting pressure on your newly-reshaped ears. You will enjoy your new look immediately, and as the incisions are at the back of the ear, they are virtually invisible. 

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Dr. Brent Birely is a board-certified plastic surgeon with offices in Lutherville and Bel Air, serving patients from Baltimore, Towson, Columbia, Westminster, and other Maryland cities. He is a very well regarded leader in cosmetic surgery and patient safety, and specializes in procedures including breast augmentation, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, facelift, and body lifting procedures after weight loss.

*The content/images on this website are not a guarantee of individual results. Individual results may vary. The information provided on this site is for general informational purposes only and does not replace the need for a formal consultation with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon before undergoing a surgical procedure or skin care treatment.

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