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Ear Reshaping (Otoplasty)

Naples Plastic Surgery

Dr. Paul M. Gardner gained considerable experience in ear reshaping while serving as Director of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at a children’s hospital, while Dr. Leo M. Baccaro trained at the prestigious Houston Methodist Hospital. Ear reshaping is one of the most frequently requested plastic surgery procedures for children. Dr. Gardner and Dr. Baccaro take pride in helping patients throughout the Naples area meet their cosmetic goals by altering the size and/or shape of the ears to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing and balanced look.
Many children experience teasing and ridicule at school because of malformed ears, which severely damages their self-esteem and can hinder their confidence as adults. In other instances, adults have experienced discomfort with prominent or asymmetrical ears for years and seek a cosmetic surgeon to correct the problem with otoplasty, as the procedure is technically called.

Otoplasty in Naples

Dr. Gardner and Dr. Baccaro firmly believe that every cosmetic surgery procedure should be tailored to meet the individual concerns and goals of the patient. Thus, they always meets with each of their respective otoplasty patients to evaluate their ears and discuss their concerns and goals for the procedure. Using this information, they create a personalized treatment plan that is unique to each patient.
Patients can have ear reshaping procedures as young as seven years old, as well as later in adulthood. It is often recommended that patients receive otoplasty at a young age because the cartilage is more pliable, giving the plastic surgeon more flexibility during reshaping; however, otoplasty is highly successful at treating adult patients as well as children.
Gardner Plastic Surgery offers two distinct otoplasty techniques. The first technique begins with a small incision in the back of the ear, follwed by surgical extraction and reshaping of the cartilage in order to pull the ears closer to the head. The second technique maintains the cartilage but extracts excess skin and uses sutures to shape the cartilage to help patients with prominent ears. In addition to cartilage and/or skin extraction, Dr. Gardner or Dr. Baccaro may use non-removable stitches in order to help the ears heal properly in their new position.
Dr. Gardner and Dr. Baccaro also treat patients with malformed ears that have been damaged due to trauma. To ensure symmetry, they often performs otoplasty on both ears, even if only one ear has been damaged.

Recovering from Ear Reshaping Surgery

Following the procedure, Dr. Gardner or Dr. Baccaro will dress patients’ heads in thick bandages in order to minimize swelling and promote quicker recovery periods. Patients are typically able to remove the dressings after one to two days, and need one to two weeks of downtime before returning to their daily activities.
Otoplasty holds one of the lowest complication rates out of all plastic surgery procedures. Patients who receive ear reshaping from one of our surgeons and follow his post-operative instructions should feel confident that they will have pleasant recoveries and handsome results.

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Health is the highest priority at Gardner Plastic Surgery, so Dr. Paul Gardner and Dr. Leo Baccaro operate with great care when working with patients to improve the aesthetics and functionality of their ears. They take great pride in helping patients begin their journey toward meeting their aesthetic goals and strive to help patients obtain the results they desire.

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The surgical team at Gardner Plastic Surgery has a long-standing, stellar reputation for outstanding levels of skill, talent, and beautiful results. Dr. Paul M. Gardner and Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro are both highly trained, experienced, and respected in the Naples community.
At their state-of-the-art surgical suite in Naples, our plastic surgeons use their many talents, and personalized compassionate approach, to help patients achieve their aesthetic goals.

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At Naples Plastic Surgery, our cosmetic services are designed to contour and enhance your body to help you achieve the body image that you desire. Known for offering among the best facial plastic surgery in Naples, our board-certified surgeons are known as much for their artistry as they are for their surgical skills. We understand that your image is the key to feeling great, so we will provide you with the most reliable advice and services to help make you look and feel your best.

The surgical team at Naples Plastic Surgery has the training and experience necessary to help you pursue your own individual cosmetic goals down to the very last detail, all in a warm, comfortable, and private environment.

Dr. Paul Gardner, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. As one of the leading plastic surgeons in Naples, FL, Dr. Gardner has more than 25 years of experience performing facial procedures including composite facelift, mini facelift, rhinoplasty, brow lift and skin cancer removal procedures. He also possesses expertise in breast augmentations, breast lifts, tummy tucks, liposuctions, and labiaplasty.
Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro, MD received extensive training at the prestigious Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where he worked with some of the most well-renowned practitioners in the art of cosmetic surgery. With honors and awards throughout medical school and his residency, Dr. Baccaro earned a stellar reputation for high quality surgical care with both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures.

The plastic surgery process at Naples Plastic Surgery begins with a one-on-one, confidential consultation in which your surgeon conducts an examination to determine which procedures are likely to produce the most robust aesthetic improvements. This includes a comprehensive discussion with you to identify the benefits, risks and costs associated with each procedure. It may be possible to combine a number of surgical procedures into a single surgery if you desire and if your medical condition permits it.

As with any medical procedure, there is no guarantee that a desired outcome will be achieved. There are a number of health risks associated with even minor medical procedures. If you have any health issues or concerns, please feel free to discuss them any time with your surgeon at our Naples’ plastic surgery center.
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