Blog — Notes of a Plastic Surgeon

Welcome to my blog. I am a plastic surgeon in Seattle and have been in private practice since 1991. I've seen more than a few interesting faces and cases through my years spent in the exam room, the operating room and the emergency room. And I have an opinion on just about everything relating to plastic surgery (and a lot of unrelated stuff). If you like my blog, let me know. Thanks for reading! Lisa

Otoplasty (ear surgery) can benefit the young, the old and the in between.

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Have you heard about otoplasty?

Recently I saw an otoplasty patient for her 3 month follow-up visit.   She was wearing her hair in a stylish up-do, something she had always wanted to do but could not because of her funky ears.  So, finally, at age 63 she’s got a pair of ears that don’t embarrass her.  And a week earlier, I had evaluated a 12 year old for a one sided otoplasty.  He had one perfect ear and one funky ear.  I will be doing his otoplasty during his spring break.  This procedure has about the widest age range of any of the procedures I do.

Most otoplasty patients present with prominent ears.  In most cases these ears stick out because they lack a normal fold in the cartilage.  Surgery creates a normal fold using several stitches in the cartilage on the back side of the ear and sometimes a strip of cartilage is removed from the concha or the bowl of the ear.  This surgery can be done with a local anesthetic and I.V. sedation, or under a general anesthetic.  Postoperative pain is moderate and it’s important to wear a headband for a week and take it easy for about 2-3 weeks after surgery.  Most otoplasty patients have a quick recovery and, as in the case of my 63 year old patient, wish they hadn’t waited so long.

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder



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