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For young children, oversized or overly prominent ears can be a source of teasing, bullying, and taunting. For adults, ears that draw attention to themselves can distract the gaze from the other features, such as the eyes and the smile. Otoplasty corrects the ear size, shape, and projection, restoring aesthetic harmony as well as a more positive self-image.

Why Choose Peak Plastic Surgery Center for Ear Surgery in Denver, CO?

Dr. Garrett Locketz underwent elite training at among the most lauded institutions in the nation, including Stanford University, UPenn, and NYU, where he completed a highly converted and prestigious Fellowship through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He excels at correcting aesthetic concerns while maintaining the patient’s unique and authentic individuality. Dr. Locketz is the recipient of the world-renowned Carniol Award for Excellence in Facial Plastic Surgery.

Peak Plastic Surgery Center provides patients with a warm and welcoming atmosphere where they can enjoy access to spacious, state-of-the-art treatment suites equipped with the latest in advanced technology. Every detail of the practice setting is designed with patient comfort, privacy, and renewal in mind. 

What is Otoplasty?

Dr. Locketz will use a variety of safety-oriented surgical techniques to create a more aesthetically pleasing ear appearance. He will reduce excess cartilage and reshape the earlobes as required. Incisions are carefully concealed, and internal sutures are used to help achieve balanced and attractive ear contours. Otoplasty can help to enhance self-confidence for both children and adults, allowing for a wider range of hairstyle and clothing choices.

Benefits

  • Increased self-confidence
  • Ears that sit closer to the scalp
  • Ears that are more proportionate 
  • Improved ear symmetry
  • An end to teasing and bullying
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Dr. Locketz is an amazing plastic surgeon, he is very professional and knowledgeable. I am thrilled with my results. He explained every detail of the procedure and after care.

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Otoplasty Recovery

Most patients enjoy a swift and streamlined recovery process after otoplasty with minimal swelling, bruising, or discomfort. Any tenderness or pain can be relieved with prescription or over-the-counter medications. Dressings are usually removed after 7 days, and a special headband is then worn for several weeks to help the ears maintain their new position. 

Most patients can resume normal activities within the first week, taking care to avoid strenuous exercise and sports for 3-5 weeks while the ears heal. For children, it is recommended that they undergo the surgery during summer or winter break, allowing them enough time to properly heal without interruption. 

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Candidacy

In general, good candidates for otoplasty are physically and mentally healthy non-smokers who have a realistic and positive outlook toward their surgery. It is important that otoplasty is performed only on children whose ears have finished growing and who are capable of following instructions for recovery. Typically, children around 5 or 6 years old can successfully undergo ear surgery, provided they have a positive attitude and understand what is involved with the surgery. Dr. Locketz will conduct an in-depth consultation process to determine whether otoplasty is the ideal procedure for each patient.

Otoplasty Procedure

The goal of otoplasty is to create ears that are proportionate to the rest of the features, and that appear balanced and symmetrical. Incisions are typically created in the backs of the ears, where they are inconspicuous. The ear cartilage is then adjusted and reshaped, pinning the ears closer to the scalp. Internal sutures are used to help the ears maintain their newly sculpted contours. Surgery typically takes around two hours to complete. Younger patients will receive general anesthesia, while teen and adult patients can often undergo the surgery with local anesthesia and sedation.

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