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Otoplasty – Big Ears Are Real Bummers

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.

“Not just droopy, goofy.”

The chinese believe that people who have big ears are unusually lucky in life. Lucky? Loser would be more like it. Oversize ears have made me over-embarrassed my whole life. Dumbo, yodo, the elves of rivendell in lord of the rings…I feel like a combination of every ear cartoon character there is. “Oh, but look at spock”, some would say. Cool. Yeah, but his aren’t real. Spock gets paid beaucoup bucks and gets to dump his dumbos after the last “cut!” Of the day. “well, look at will smith,” some would say. His ears make him look goofy. Yeah, but he’s famous and has jada pinkett smith. My big ears are famous, too. Famously foul. (not too strong a description to me.)

“Another bully heard from.”

Hear ye, hear ye….

Believe me, I’ve heard it all. From the time I was little I’ve heard every cruel ear joke there is.;

Yourears are so big, it’s like a car with the doors open.

Your ears are so big, you can probably hear the sun come up.

Your ears are so big, bet you can hear people’s thoughts.

Your ears are so big, you make bunnies cry.

Your ears are so big, elephants laugh at you.

Yeah, sure…big joke, hilarious…except for me, they’ve never been a laughing matter. More like torment, torture, agony, a thesaurus-full of horror. My tormentors were ruthless. Believe me, you never get resilient to ridicule.

“Has anyone ever heard of ear envy?”

Haven’t you ever looked at someone and wished you had their body? Their mark zuckerberg or kylie jenner (come on, a billionaire at 20?) Success? Their charisma? Sexual attraction? Trips to botswana? Their uncanny resemblance to the new duke or duchess of sussex? You’d be lying if you said you never had. But their ears? On what planet? Those unenviable ears are the ones I’ve been stuck with. They’re not just big, but they hang, and inside, they’re like big dark caverns. People might not point, but I know they’re thinking they’re glad they’re not me. (You’ll never hear “I never noticed”, without their noses doing a pinocchio.) And speaking of noses (for a change), big, lopsided ears can make your psyche take a huge nosedive. My self-esteem? None. My self-worth? Nada. My self-confidence? Not a drop. My insecurity? Off the richter scale.

“If I hear “no one is perfect” one more time…”

My strong point is my strange point. I’ve got these little ears that make my head look crazy big. I’ve been told they can be hereditary. If that’s true, I’m drowning in the ear gene pool. The reason why, doesn’t change the fact that is. You should see pictures of me when I was only five. Cute, wouldn’t be an apt adjective. And from all the research I’ve done (whoa, the wonders of wi-fi), you don’t grow into them. They say love is blind. If that’s true, my parents are living proof. Totally blind, sans canes. They always told me I was wonderful the way I was. The point is, I wish my parents had done someone when I was young. I wish they saw how miserable my mini ears made me.

“There’s no magic pill to fix them.”

No hairstyles, no ear exercises, no amount of camouflage can hide the fact that your ears aren’t what you want them to be. (and believe me, I’ve tried. And tried. And tried.) That they’re too big, or too small, or stick out, or well, you know what I’m talking about. I never knew that having ear surgery was an option like getting a facelift or nose job. It wasn’t something anyone ever talked about. I thought a lifetime of tears was the only solution. Until I heard that ear surgery could correct the size of the ear, the position or proportion. I wanted it yesterday, but I wasn’t about to hand over my ears to just anyone. I did serious research, wanting to find the best plastic surgeon in the denver area. And lucky for me, I found Dr. Thomas A. Narsete. He had years of expertise and experience in performing all types of procedures, among them, ear surgery. It wasn’t a matter of just doing it, but doing it right. Doing it safely. The first time I met with him, I knew he was the one. He answered all my questions and really put my mind at ease. So I did it. And the results were beyond anything I could imagine. It changed my whole face. If this sounds like you, make an appointment to see Dr. Narsete now.

You’ll be grinning from ear to ear.

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.