Ear Surgery / Otoplasty
Otoplasty, or ear surgery, can improve the position or shape of the ear. It is often performed to correct a birth defect in the structure of the ear that becomes more prominent over time. Otoplasty can also treat deformed ears that have resulted from an injury. The end goal of ear surgery is to improve the balance and proportion between the face and ears.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Ear Surgery?
Otoplasty can be performed on children who are as young as seven years old. At age seven, the ears have typically reached their adult size. While this surgery can also be beneficial for adults, it is most common for children who feel self-conscious because of the size or shape of their ears. Smokers are not good candidates for ear surgery as smoking decreases blood flow to the body’s tissue and results in prolonged healing, increased scarring, infections, and other complications.
*Individual results may vary!
How to Plan for An Otoplasty Procedure
Prior to the surgery, all patients must meet with Dr. Beaty for an otoplasty consultation. During the consultation, personal goals and realistic expectations will be discussed. A complete medical history in addition to a thorough examination of the structure of both ears will also be performed.
What Will Occur During Ear Surgery?
Dr. Beaty will make a well hidden incision behind the ear. Special sutures will then be used to “pin” the ears back to a more natural position. The removal of excess cartilage may be performed as well. After completing reshaping of the ear a compressive head wrap is placed on the ear to maintain its intended position.
What Can Be Expected From the Recovery Process?
After the surgery, patients can expect some swelling and bruising. Patients will be instructed not to remove the compressive head wrap until one day following the procedure.
When the head wrap is removed, patients will be directed to wear an elastic headband for several weeks in order to maintain the ear’s proper position during healing. While most patients return to work or school within 5-7 days after the procedure, physical activities, specifically contact sports, should be avoided for at least a month.
Results From Otoplasty*
Fortunately, the results from ear surgery are both immediate and permanent. Patients who undergo otoplasty enjoy natural looking, proportional ears. These patients may also benefit from a renewed sense of confidence and improved balance between the ears and face.
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