Otoplasty or ear surgery is a procedure designed to improve the shape and proportion of your ears. All sorts of deformities can be treated with ear surgery, providing you with better-shaped ears. Otoplasty can correct misshapen ears or correct a deformity that was present at birth and became more visible with years.
The procedure restores the ear’s proper proportion, creates a more natural shape and a balance. As a result, this can significantly increase your self-confidence.
A great number of people are unhappy with the size and shape of their ears. This can seriously affect their self-confidence and children can even be teased at school. If you have an ear deformity or you simply do not like the way your ears are shaped, you might be a good candidate for ear surgery. Ear surgery can fix a number of issues related to shape, position, and proportion of the ear. He surgery can treat:
Malformed ears lead to hearing loss, therefore if you are experiencing malformed ears, you should consider ear surgery. The surgery is suitable both for children (at least 5 years old) and for adults. If you are considering ear surgery for your child, you must be aware of certain factors prior to making a decision. A child that is to undergo the procedure should be healthy. If a child is suffering from a serious illness or a chronic ear infection, otoplasty is not recommended. This is also a condition for an adult who is thinking of ear surgery as a serious illness can significantly affect the healing process.
The procedure should be performed by a qualified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, therefore you should consider a certified surgeon to correct your misshaped ear or a deformity. As the surgery can have a great impact on your appearance and your life, you should be absolutely certain that you are making the right choice and choosing the right surgeon. Ask your potential plastic surgeon to show you before and after photos, so you can see the results of his previous work.
Your initial consultation with the chosen surgeon is crucial as you will discuss your problem with your doctor as well as possible ways to correct the problem. Your doctor may conclude that ear surgery is not the correct way to treat your problem.
Your doctor may require you to stop taking certain medications prior to the surgery. It is strongly urged that all candidates for ear surgery should stop smoking before the surgery. You should arrange that someone takes you home after the surgery and take care of you during the first several days of the recovery period if necessary.
The otoplasty procedure is not always the same as it depends on the type of surgery you decided for. The procedure can be performed under general anesthesia, or local with an intravenous sedation. The procedural steps include:
The incision is commonly made on the back of your ear thus the scar is less visible. However, if a surgeon has to make the incision on the front part of the ear, the scar will be hidden the ear’s folds of cartilage.
The most common type of otoplasty is ear pinning surgery performed to correct protruding ears by moving the ear closer to the head. The surgeon reshapes the cartilage at the base of the ear and then moves the ear closer to the head. The incision is closed by external stitches taking care to avoid an unnatural appearance. There are various techniques used in ear pinning surgery, and this depends on the correction needed. The two main techniques include:
In case you need both our ears corrected, this surgery is called bilateral otoplasty. This procedure involves reshaping and ear pinning on both ears. The procedure is completely the same as when performed on one ear only with the same recovery time. However, certain side-effects such as throbbing or itching may be increased when bilateral otoplasty is performed.
The procedure of reducing the size of your ears and reshaping them is called ear reduction surgery. This procedure can be performed both on children and adults who are concerned about the size and shape of their ears. In this procedure, the surgeon removes unwanted skin and cartilage and gives you a more natural look with smaller ears. The procedure generally takes one to two hours.
You will be required to wear a compressive garment during the first 24 hours after the surgery. Swelling is common during the first few days after the procedure and you may also notice that your ears look bigger as well. During the next 24 to 72 hours you will be required to wear a headband over your ears, and the swelling gradually starts to dissipate during this period. This is completely normal for the initial part of the healing process. You will be able to see the results almost immediately, right after the dressings are removed.