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What is Ear Plastic Surgery or Otoplasty

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If you have macrotia, a condition which causes overly large ears, or protruding ears, you may be a good candidate for ear plastic surgery. If you’ve had previous ear surgery and are unhappy with the results, you may undergo corrective ear plastic surgery as well. The purpose of ear surgery is to create a natural shape to the ears and to help bring the ears to proportion with the rest of the face. Many people suffer from low self-esteem because they are unhappy with the appearance of their ears, and they may even develop a complex about it.

What is Otoplasty?

Ear plastic surgery is referred to as otoplasty. This type of surgery can enhance the shape or position of the ear or ears; it can also make the ears more proportional to each other or to the rest of your face. This surgery is typically performed on young children (4-14 years of age), though adults do typically undergo ear plastic surgery. Otoplasty can not only enhance the shape of the ears, but the earlobes as well.

The ear plastic surgery procedure involves surgically removing the cartilage which gives the shape and flexibility to the ear, or folding and stitching it into place. The surgeon will make an incision typically on the back of the ear, and will close it after the procedure with stitches. The surgery lasts a few hours depending on the purpose and circumstances of your surgery.

Who is ear cosmetic surgery for?

Ear plastic surgery is a viable procedure for people with macrotia (overly large ears), protruding ears, lop ear (the tip of the ear folds down), shell ear (missing features), or just unhappy with the general formation or appearance of your ears. Many people have disproportionate ears as compared to the size of their head, and this is totally normal. Nobody is born perfectly symmetrical. In fact, many people have two different size or shaped ears altogether. Ear plastic surgery can correct these conditions.

What is Ear Plastic Surgery or Otoplasty

What are the Benefits of ear plastic surgery?

Many of the benefits of ear plastic surgery are aesthetic and psychological. The boost in your self-confidence and self-esteem allows you to feel more comfortable with your ears. Ears are a prominent feature of our face and they are hard to cover up – even harder for people with short hair! People who undergo ear plastic surgery benefit from a more proportional appearance, a more aesthetically-pleasing ear shape and size, and improved quality of life resulting from the satisfaction that comes with correcting a condition which was previously troubling you.

A more practical benefit of ear plastic surgery is that it is an outpatient procedure; you may return home the same day you receive the procedure. Adults undergoing the procedure may need to spend the night in a hospital for supervision because of the potential for additional complications. If you are considering of ear plastic surgery let our plastic surgeons know, we are happy to answer your questions.

Ear Cosmetic Surgery or Otoplasty

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Ear surgery, or Otoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance and symmetry of the ears by altering their shape, positioning, or proportions. The procedure is appropriate not only for adults, but also for children and teenagers who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their ears.

Who is a good candidate for ear surgery?

A good adult candidate is one who:

– is in good general health
– is a non-smoker
– has realistic expectations and goals for the results of the surgery

For children, a good candidate is one who:

– is healthy
– does not have untreated chronic ear infections
– is old enough that the ear cartilage can handle the procedure – generally five years of age
– is willing to undergo the procedure and follow direction

It is important that anyone, but especially a child, who is undergoing ear surgery is choosing to do so for themselves. If your child is unhappy with the appearance of their ears, be sure to talk extensively with them before deciding upon ear surgery. Be sure that your child is able to clearly express their true feelings about surgery.

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What results can I expect from ear cosmetic surgery?

Ear surgery may be for you if you are not content with the appearance of one or both of your ears. Particularly, ear surgery can:

– improve the appearance of the ear by changing the shape, positioning, or proportions of the ear
– reduce overly large ears
– bring protruding ears in closer to the head
– promote balance and symmetry between the left and right ear
– create more attractive proportions between the ears and the face
– treat ears which have become misshapen due to injury
– correct defects in the ears which become obvious during childhood development

What happens during the ear surgery?

You will be administered either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia prior to the surgery. Incisions will be made either on the back surface of the ear, or hidden within the folds of the front of the ear to avoid visible scarring. To hold the new shape of the cartilage, non-removable sutures are used internally.

To close the incisions during the healing process, the plastic surgeon may use external stitches. These can be removed after the initial healing stage is complete, usually within two weeks of the procedure.

The results of the surgery can be seen almost immediately. For more complex surgeries where more detailed reconstruction is required, the results will be progressively visible in stages over time.

What is the recovery period like for ear plastic surgery?

Following the procedure, dressings will be applied to support the new shape created in the ear. Depending upon how complex your particular ear surgery is, the length of the recovery period may take ten days or longer.

Your cosmetic surgeon will let you know when you need to return to remove the external stitches, and when you can remove the supportive dressings applied to your ears. In some cases, the plastic surgeon may prescribe you certain medications to protect against infection, or to aid in recovery.

Some individuals are satisfied with the results after a single surgery, while others may require additional surgeries in order to obtain their desired results. Be sure to talk honestly with our team about your expectations and goals for the surgery. Dr Golla, will be able to tell you whether these expectations are realistic, and if not, will explain what results you can realistically expect.