An Overview of the Otoplasty Procedure
To begin your Seattle otoplasty, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Ridgway will administer anesthesia to ensure your total comfort throughout surgery. For our adult and teen patients, we commonly use local anesthesia with a sedative.
Our younger patients, however, typically require general anesthesia to ensure their safety.
For your actual procedure, Dr. Ridgway will make a small incision behind each ear, through which he will remove excess skin. Depending on your needs, he may then sculpt or remove some cartilage to create a smaller and natural-looking ear structure. From there, he will use permanent sutures to position your ears so they are closer to your head, before expertly closing the incisions and placing protective gauze and bandages around the area.