Plastic Surgery 101

Is one ear different from another? You can have surgery to correct that.

If one ear is different from another, you may need surgery to correct the problem.
If one ear is different from another, you may need surgery to correct the problem.

Q. I’ve always had one ear that sticks out more than the other. I’m now 45 and I want to wear my hair up. Is there any way I can have surgery on just the one ear?

A. Why did you wait so long? Of course there is an operation that can fix that. The operation is known as otoplasty. Depending on what part of the ear is sticking out, there are specific operations that are done to correct the defect. If it is the anti-helical fold — the little fold that that makes the top of your ear lean into your head — then it’s a different operation from correcting the bowl, the part that is closest to your head.

The operation can be done with local anesthesia, and if you’re very nervous, you can have sedation. The surgery takes approximately 30 minutes to one hour. If your surgeon uses nonabsorbable stitches, they may come out within one week to 10 days. If your doctor uses absorbable stitches, they will dissolve over a period of a couple of weeks. The operation is not painful and very satisfying. Because everything is relative, it may be necessary to tweak your other ear to make sure that they match.

Dr. Carlos Wolf is a partner in Miami Plastic Surgery and is board certified. Email your questions to him at Cwolf@miamiplasticsurgery.com.

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