Otoplasty

Otoplasty – Ears aren’t supposed to look like this

Otoplasty: Ear surgery, or ear pinning, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth, or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury.

“50 Years of “Big Ear” Anguish.”

When I was 12, I got braces. Hated them, but lots of kids had them, and before you knew it, you had a wow mouth. I had zits for a while, (another normal kid thing), but once again, I wasn’t alone, and with the right cream, zits were zapped. But big ears, big-time embarrassing issue that didn’t go away. If I heard “no one is perfect” one more time…I’d take their tablet and toss it across the room.

I couldn’t sit across from someone without knowing what they were thinking, and it wasn’t positive. When I was growing up, I didn’t know ear surgery was an option. Imagine when I discovered it was.

“Camouflage? That’s a Joke.”

When your ears are oversized or stick out or up or cup in, there’s no getting around it.

You can’t wear hats year ‘round. You can’t depend on long hair to cover them up. It was really awful when I went swimming, because when my hair got wet, my ears would stick through it. In fact, it made me look even more comical and the laughs and teasing never stopped. It seemed there was nothing I could do and there were times I cupped my hands over my ears wanting to disappear. And pony tails? I see these girls running with their pony tails swinging and realize “never”. I will never be able to go there.

“It Breaks My Heart.”

When my son was born, he was my angel, but it seemed to both my husband and I that his ears were out of proportion. Like, a lot. We talked to our doctor and he laughed and told us it was nothing and that he would grow into them. But nothing changed, so we consulted someone else. He explained to us that the ears are one of the first parts of the body to reach full size, which is why ears that stick out are particularly noticeable in children. We’d be out with him and people would say, “oh isn’t he adorable…just look at those ears…” It didn’t exactly sound kind to us. By five years old, the ear is completely developed and the ridicule can actually begin as early as grade school. Kids are mean. Period. It made us sick to see him so miserable. “Why me?” he would cry.

“They Looked Bad on Clark Gable, Too.”

Large ears have been seen on leading men for ages, but fame and fortune make up for a lot of it. Although not all of it. Legend goes that Jack Warner, of the famous Warner Movie studios in the 1930’s, saw Clark Gable’s screen test and made a comment that no one would hire him with ears like that. Well, Gable did become a star and Oscar Winner, but no one is giving out awards for weird ears anymore. Will Smith’s ears have a lot of the time, too.  Even President Barack Obama didn’t emerge unscathed, having admitted he was picked on as a kid for having big ears. I’m no celebrity, I’m just known for having a face that looks crooked.

“Sure Don’t Make Me Hear Better.”

Myths and more myths. Big, drooping or uneven ears don’t do a thing for anyone. Try to find one positive. Hmmmm…still waiting. Case closed. What isn’t a myth is that people with big ears have actually been referred to as deformed. “Deformed?” Can you imagine? What was I? A freak? I had heard about ear surgery, only someone called it “ear pinning” and it kind of put me off of it. But you know what? Putting it off only kept the teasing going. I was forever up to my ears in insults.

“Grinning Ear to Ear.”

Yes, correcting ear problems is possible, Otoplasty can bring more natural proportions to the ears and face. Correction of even minor issues can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem. But hear this; choosing the right surgeon is what should be of total prominence. Otoplasty requires a surgeon who not only specializes in facial anatomy, but also has a keen eye for facial aesthetics. Without question, that would be Thomas A. Narsete, MD. He’s has years of experience and expertise in determining that each patient’s anatomy determines what type of surgery he or she needs. Everyone is different. Even more, he hears you. Hears your sense of distress and frustration. He sees the you that you want to be and helps you picture it. And then with great skill and care, he delivers what you’ve been longing for. You won’t believe your ears. Literally. So, call and make an appointment now.

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