In Washington D.C. &. Baltimore

The ears are more than just an organ that helps you hear – they’re a defining feature in balancing your facial aesthetic. Some patients find themselves unhappy with these unique features that can sometimes command attention if they are too large or misproportioned.

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What is an Otoplasty?

Otoplasty in Washington, D.C., also known as ear surgery or ear pinning, is a cosmetic procedure designed to reshape, reposition, or resize the ears. It’s often performed to correct prominent ears, asymmetrical ears, or ears that protrude too far from the head. Otoplasty can enhance the appearance of the ears by bringing them into better proportion with the rest of the face, improving overall facial symmetry, and boosting self-confidence. This procedure is commonly sought by individuals in D.C. who feel self-conscious about the appearance of their ears and wish to achieve a more balanced and harmonious facial profile. At Landford Plastic Surgery, we understand the significance of every detail when it comes to your appearance with your ears. If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about the shape or position of your ears, our Otoplasty procedure in both Washington, D.C., and Baltimore can offer you an amazing solution. Led by Dr. Wilmina Landford, our team is passionate about helping you achieve harmony and confidence in every aspect of your aesthetic journey. Keep reading to learn more, and let’s sculpt your ears to reflect the true beauty that lies within you.

Who is a good candidate for an Otoplasty?

The best candidates for an Otoplasty in DC or Baltimore typically include individuals who:

  • Have protruding or asymmetrical ears that cause self-consciousness or dissatisfaction with their appearance
  • Are in good overall health
  • Understand the risks and benefits associated with Otoplasty 
  • Have completed ear development, which typically occurs around age five or six, although Otoplasty can be performed on adults as well
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How much does an Otoplasty cost in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD?

The cost of an otoplasty procedure in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the surgery and your procedure plan. It is best to schedule a consultation with our team so we can discuss your specific goals and receive a personalized quote. 

What should I expect during a consultation for Otoplasty?

The first step in pursuing an otoplasty in D.C. is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Landford. During this initial appointment, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals, concerns, and medical history with her. This consultation serves as an important opportunity to ask questions, address any uncertainties, and establish a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs for otoplasty.

How do I prepare for Otoplasty Surgery?

Every patient will have a slightly different experience with their otoplasty, however, we do want to offer some suggestions on how to make the most of your procedure.

  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and other supplements as they can increase bleeding and bruising
  • Fill your prescriptions before surgery
  • Get lab testing and a medical evaluation
  • Hydrate before and after surgery for safe recovery
  • Limit your alcohol consumption
  • Set up your recovery area ahead of time. You should have easy access to fluids, prepared meals, pillows to elevate your head, and reading materials and entertainment.
  • Stop smoking
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

What are the benefits of an Otoplasty?

There are several amazing benefits when it comes to Otoplasty in D.C. and Baltimore, some of the key benefits include: 

  • Improved appearance
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Correction of prominent ears
  • Enhanced facial symmetry
  • Customized results

What are the Steps of Otoplasty?

On the day of your otoplasty surgery, you can expect to arrive at our facility, where our team will greet you with confidence and professionalism, ensuring a smooth and reassuring experience. After completing any necessary paperwork and preparation, you’ll be taken to our operating room, where the procedure will take place. 

Before the surgery begins, you’ll receive anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Dr. Landford will then perform the otoplasty, reshaping and repositioning the ears to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome. 

This is done by making an incision behind the ear, within the natural fold, to minimize visible scarring. In some cases, additional incisions may be made within the ear’s natural creases. Once the incision is made, Dr. Landford and our team will access the ear’s cartilage through the incisions and reshape it to achieve the desired contour. This may involve removing excess cartilage, folding or scoring the cartilage, or suturing it into a new position. Once the cartilage has been reshaped, she will use internal stitches to secure it in place and maintain the new ear shape.

An otoplasty will usually take between one and three hours.

Surgical Techniques for Otoplasty

Dr. Landford will use one or several techniques when performing your Otoplasty, which will be determined by you needs. These are some of the techniques Dr. Landford can use to treat certain defects:

Anti-Helical Fold Creation

There are different techniques available to correct the anti-helical fold, which are categorized into Scoring or Fixaton, however, some patients may require a combination. Cartilage scoring techniques can utilize anterior and posterior approaches, and superficial and full-thickness scoring too. Suture fixation corrects prominence in the upper ⅓ of the ear using mattress sutures that are placed in the posterior cartilage to incorporate the full thickness of the cartilage and the anterior perichondrium (connective tissue), but not the anterior skin.

Conchal Defect Correction

Conchal defects can be corrected by sutures, excisional techniques, and scoring. Dr. Landford can use Conchal-Mastoid sutures to correct the conchal excess or prominence in the higher ⅔ of your ear. These non-absorbable mattress sutures help pull the concha (central part of the ear) towards your head and reduce ear prominence. She may also use scoring and excisional techniques to achieve a better look. Excisional techniques are best suited for conchal hypertrophy (overgrown cartilage that causes the entire ear to stick out).

Where are the incisions and scars for Otoplasty?

Whenever possible, Dr. Landford takes extra care in making sure your otoplasty incisions are placed in discreet areas, usually on the back of the ear, where the scars can be camouflaged. 

The incisions may be made within the inner creases of the ears, or on the backs of the ears. When incisions are made on the front of the ear, they are made within the folds to hide them.

Please keep in mind that the location of the incisions and any resulting scarring will depend on the technique that Dr. Landford chooses.

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Otoplasty recovery

Immediately following the procedure, some discomfort, swelling, and bruising around the ears are normal, and manageable with prescribed pain medication and cold compresses. Wearing a protective dressing may be necessary to support the ears and reduce swelling. Activity restrictions, such as avoiding strenuous activities, are advised to prevent complications.

Why Choose Us?

When you select Dr. Wilmina Landford for your Otoplasty needs, you can rest assured that you are receiving the highest level of expertise and personalized care. Dr. Landford is a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon with two Landford Plastic Surgery clinic locations, serving both the Washington DC and Baltimore areas. She is known for her meticulous approach, artistic vision, and commitment to delivering natural-looking results. 

Our practice stays at the forefront of advancements in plastic surgery techniques, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative treatments to help our patients achieve ears that they can be proud of. By choosing Dr. Landford, you can trust that you are in the hands of a respected professional who is dedicated to helping you look and feel your best.

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