Otoplasty – Ear Surgery
Otoplasty, more commonly known as “ear pinning” is a procedure
that repositions the ears so that they do not protrude outward. Sometimes
the ear itself is reduced in size if it is over developed.
Otoplasty is usually done on children between the ages of 5 and 14, however,
adults of all ages can benefit from this procedure too. If you are unhappy
or self-conscious with the appearance of your ears, you may be a great
candidate for an otoplasty.
Prior to Surgery
As with all cosmetic procedures, the most important step before surgery
is your consultation with your surgeon. Have an open, honest discussion
about your expectations and personal goals. Together you can decide what
the best plan of action is for your individual needs. Your doctor will
also go over any instructions that you must follow pre and post-surgery.
This procedure is done on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia.
Ear surgery usually takes about one to two hours. Most commonly, the incision
is made behind the ear where the scar is less visible. The ears are repositioned
and sometimes sculpted to reshape them so that they are more cosmetically
pleasing. Permanent sutures secure the ears in place. Recovery time is minimal.
The results from ear surgery are immediate and most patients resume normal
activities within one to two days. For children, this procedure can be
life changing. Avoiding the teasing and name calling is a benefit that
is invaluable. Otoplasty can restore confidence and an overall good feeling
about your appearance.
Some bruising, swelling and tenderness are normal after surgery, but typically
goes away very quickly. Pain associated with this surgery is minimal and
can be managed with oral medication. Bandages are only needed for a few
days and should be replaced with a lighter dressing. Your doctor will
probably advise you to avoid sleeping on your ears and to use a soft pillow.
Showering and shampooing can resume in a few days.
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