Otoplasty: Expert Insights from Dr. Blake Raggio on Cosmetic Ear Surgery

In Birmingham, AL

By Blake Raggio MD


Published on June 2024

Otoplasty: Expert Insights from Dr. Blake Raggio on Cosmetic Ear Surgery

Otoplasty: Expert Insights from Dr. Blake Raggio on Cosmetic Ear Surgery

Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, ear reshaping, or cosmetic ear surgery, is a popular procedure that alters the ears’ shape, position, or size. This surgery can effectively address concerns such as protruding ears, overly large ears, or ears that have been deformed due to injury or congenital conditions. Essentially, the primary goal of otoplasty is to create a more balanced and natural appearance, enhancing aesthetics and self-confidence.

Common Reasons for Otoplasty

  • Protruding Ears (prominauris): Ears that noticeably stick out from the head.
  • Large Ears (Macrotia): Ears that are disproportionately large compared to the rest of the face.
  • Congenital Ear Defects: Conditions like microtia, where the ears are underdeveloped.
  • Ear Injuries: Trauma that has altered the ears’ natural shape.

Otoplasty Consult with Dr. Blake Raggio, Leading Facial Plastic Surgeon in Birmingham, AL

Initial Consultation:

– During your consultation, Dr. Blake Raggio, a double-board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, will assess your ears, understand your cosmetic goals, and discuss the best surgical options to meet your needs.

Pre-Operative Preparation:

– Dr. Raggio will provide tailored pre-operative instructions, which might include stopping certain medications, avoiding smoking, and other essential steps to prepare for a smooth surgery.

The Otoplasty Procedure with Dr. Blake Raggio

Surgical Process:

– Anesthesia Options: Dr. Raggio performs otoplasty under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, based on the case’s complexity and patient preference.

– Incision Placement: Incisions are strategically placed behind the ears or within natural folds to minimize visible scarring.

– Ear Reshaping: Dr. Raggio meticulously reshapes or removes excess cartilage and skin to achieve the desired appearance, using permanent stitches if necessary to maintain the new ear shape.

– Procedure Duration: The surgery typically lasts between 1 and 3 hours.

Post-Operative Care and Recovery

Immediate Aftercare:

– Post-surgery, you will be monitored in a recovery area until the anesthesia wears off.

– Ears will be bandaged to protect them and support their new shape.

At-Home Recovery:

– Follow Dr. Raggio’s detailed post-operative care instructions, including medication guidelines.

– You may need a headband to keep the ears in place, especially during sleep.

– Avoid activities that could harm the ears during the recovery period, at least for the first 1 week.

Healing Process:

– Expect some swelling and bruising, which will gradually subside over a few weeks.

– Stitches, if not dissolvable, may be removed within a week.

– Most patients see significant improvements within a few weeks, with final results apparent after a few months.

Potential Risks and Complications

As with any surgery, otoplasty has potential risks, such as infection, bleeding, and reactions to anesthesia. Specific ear risks include asymmetry, overcorrection, and the potential need for revision surgery.

Long-Term Results

Under the expert care of Dr. Blake Raggio, otoplasty can significantly enhance your appearance and boost your self-esteem. The results are typically long-lasting, providing a more balanced and natural look to your ears.

Choosing Dr. Blake Raggio, a double-board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon with extensive otoplasty experience, ensures you receive the highest standard of care. By carefully following all pre-and post-operative instructions, you can achieve the best possible outcome from your ear reshaping surgery.

For more information on otoplasty and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blake Raggio, click here,

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Patient reviews

  • Torrey

    5 Star Review

    I am a week post-op from my cosmetic rhinoplasty with Dr. Blake Raggio, a Facial Plastic Surgeon here in Birmingham, Alabama. I just had my cast removed today and I could not be happier with my results already!

  • Jessica

    5 Star Review

    Thank you, Dr. Blake Raggio, for the excellent work on my nose. The Rhinoplasty to correct the deviated septum and nostril closure went so smoothly. My breathing has improved and the before and after pictures were amazing. Your knowledge and skills improved my health and facial profile.

  • Pamela

    5 Star Review

    Dr. Blake Raggio is an amazing Facial Plastic Surgeon. I am one week out from having my
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  • Elizabeth

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    Dr. Raggio and staff get an A+ for their superb care! From the time you walk in the door to the time you leave, you will be treated like family! Best of all you’ll leave looking younger and feeling good! You can’t beat the care and compassion from Dr Raggio and his staff!

  • Chelsea

    5 Star Review

    Dr. Raggio is the absolute best! He listens and is very precise with his injections. I am extremely happy with the results I have gotten with him. He does not push any services on you, either. I have uploaded two pictures to show the difference. I get Botox and lip filler.

  • Sheila

    5 Star Review

    I went to Dr Reggio for my eyelids. They were folding over. I was scared to have the surgery but the right eye was bothering me. So I decided to have the surgery and this Doctor is such a delight and kind-hearted. I am very, very happy with the way my surgery turned out. I would highly recommend Dr. Raggio to anyone!

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