Most appointments at facial cosmetic surgeons are booked because of concerns regarding the face. Clients are either anxious about the signs of aging that are becoming evident or they would like to modify a facial feature that they don’t like or that they feel may be out of balance with the rest of their overall appearance. Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is one of the types of procedures that people seek out to bring their appearance into harmony and balance. Dr. Cory Torgerson has also performed many otoplasty operations at his private surgical facility for people who are concerned about the size and shape of their ears. Although women have the ability to hide this feature with longer hair, it is more difficult for males.
An otoplasty basically corrects any defect in the external ear. In the Greek language, oto means ear, and plasty means to shape. Therefore, this surgery reshapes and restructures any deformity of the ear. Aesthetically, there are measurements that dictate the normal distance that ears should protrude from the head as well as what angle they should sit at. The outer ear is comprised of an intricate and complex framework of cartilage. Changes in the shape and size of the ear can be accomplished by the manipulation of this support framework.
One of the most common complaints at consultations are protruding ears that project too far from the head. This is due to the top bowl-shaped portion of the ear being too large. By removing a small portion of the cartilage, the concha bowl’s size is reduced, and the ear automatically moves closer to the head. The second most common complaint is large ears. Often this is due to the top portion of the ear being too flat due to a non-existent antihelix fold. By pinching the cartilage to replicate a fold, this concern is easily rectified.
The goal of an otoplasty is always to makes ears look contoured and more proportionate in shape and size. This delicate surgery should only be performed by an experienced facial cosmetic surgeon or an ear, nose, and throat specialist. By choosing Dr. Torgerson to perform your otoplasty, you are getting a professional who has achieved certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both specialties. He not only has extensive knowledge in the functionality of the ear, he also has experience in making ears appear as aesthetically natural as possible.
An otoplasty can be performed in Dr. Torgerson’s state-of-the-art, certified facility in approximately 1 1/2 hours. Most ear surgeries can be performed with local anaesthetic and sedation. Any incisions are made behind the ear or between the head and the ear so that they are not visible afterwards. A head bandage must be worn for the first 24 hours to protect the ears from injury. Afterwards, it is recommended that a ski band be worn around the head and ears for the first week while the incisions are healing. Absorbable sutures are used and will disappear after approximately 1 week to 10 days. There are not many complications with otoplasty surgeries, because they deal with manipulating the outer ear cartilage and not the inner workings of the ear.
A private consultation with Dr. Torgerson will allow you to discuss the possible options available for you and receive a personalized quote. You will also be able to view many before and after photos of other otoplasty patients who have undergone surgery with Dr. Torgerson.