Cosmetic ear surgery is also known as otoplasty. This cosmetic surgical procedure helps reduce the protrusion of the ear away from the head or their size to achieve harmony with the face. We can safely perform the procedure on men, women, and children. As a matter of fact, the procedure is very popular with children between the ages of four to fourteen, who seek surgery to escape teasing that can be detrimental to their psyche.
Cosmetic otoplasty is not limited to children, however, and is also popular amongst older patients who are unhappy with their ears and may suffer how it is affecting their self-esteem and image.
As a Reconstructive Surgeon, our Plastic Surgeon can also perform reconstructive surgery on patients who have experienced trauma to their ears and wish to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. As a patient, you can enjoy the results of surgery, which are long lasting.
Ear Surgery can correct:
- an unappealing shape, such as “lop” ears
- long or irregularly shaped earlobes
- small ears that require enhancement
- injury, including the loss of an ear.
General Cosmetic Ear Surgery Procedure
Ear surgery is commonly performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia for children and local for adults. Most patients choose to undergo surgery to correct protrusion, so that the ear can be placed closer to the head. This type of otoplasty typically involves an incision placed in the crease behind the ear to allow cartilage to be reshaped. The incision is then closed and dressed. Depending on the extent of surgery, cosmetic ear surgery takes anywhere from 1 to 2 hours.
Other techniques and methods may be applied for your ear surgery. These will be discussed with you during an initial consultation with our surgeon.
Recovery From Cosmetic Ear Surgery
A complete list of post-operative instructions will be given to you. Follow them closely to help your body recovery quickly and properly. You’ll most likely require plenty of rest and limit your movement. Dressings will help the recovery process, and will be in the form of large bandages wrapped around the head to secure the ears in place. These dressings are typically removed within a week so that they may replaced with smaller dressings. Any discomfort experienced following surgery can be minimized with prescribed oral medication. Complications are rare, and can be minimized by following post-operative care instructions carefully.