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.
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.