If you or your child feels self-conscious about ears that stick out, ear surgery may be able to help. Ear surgery, or Otoplasty, is a simple procedure that can lead to a dramatic increase in self-image. Read on to learn more about what’s involved in cosmetic ear surgery.
Who Is a Candidate for Otoplasty?
Ideally, ear surgery is done around the age of five or six, when the ears have finished developing completely, and before the age of 14. In many cases, the mild deformity of the ears is apparent from an early age and can be corrected as soon as the child is old enough that the ears have reached full size. However, if you’re an adult who feels self-conscious about the protrusion of your ears, otoplasty can be done at any age. In addition to ears that stick out, otoplasty can correct overly large ears, abnormally large ear lobes, and minor ear deformities (commonly known as lop ear or shell ear).
What Is Involved in the Procedure?
During otoplasty, the surgeon makes a small incision in the natural fold behind the ear. Then, he will remove cartilage and skin, sculpting the remaining cartilage to the desired shape. He will apply sutures to hold the ear in place in its new position until the incision is fully healed. Ear surgery is done on an outpatient basis and typically lasts no longer than two to three hours. It’s often done under local anesthesia for adults, but children are typically put under general anesthesia so that they won’t move around during the surgery.
What Will Happen During Recovery?
After the surgery, you’ll have to wear bandages around the ears for a day or two, and avoid sleeping on your side. In some cases, the doctor will instruct you to wear a special band that holds the ears in place during healing. While you may experience some swelling and discomfort around the incision site, this is usually minor and can be managed with medication as directed. Complications are very rare, but may include infection and blood clots. Scarring is minimal and typically hidden by the new position of the ear.
If your child has severely protruding ears that affect his or her self-esteem, or if you’re unhappy with the size and shape of your ears, ear surgery can make a welcome difference in appearance. At Facial Aesthetic Concepts, we work with each patient individually to determine the safest and most effective treatments for his or her needs. Contact Facial Aesthetic Concepts today to schedule your consultation.