Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, changes the size, shape, or position of the ears. Cosmetic ear surgery can rectify any imperfections in the ear structure due to injury, or natural development.
Otoplasty may a viable surgery option if you feel that your ears protrude too far from your head, are too large for your head, or if you suffered an injury which changed the appearance of your ear(s). Otoplasty can be done at any age after the ears have stopped growing, this usually occurs around the age of five. Otoplasty brings balance and proportion to the ears, by creating a more natural look.
It is important to find a qualified board-certified surgeon to perform the Otoplasty procedure. The plastic surgeon will listen to the patients' expectations from the surgery and help create a customized plan for the patient.
The techniques used during otoplasty surgeries vary based on what kind of modifications are being made to the ears. Most ear surgeries take about two hours to complete. The cosmetic surgeon will choose the best place to make the incisions based on your individual surgery needs, camouflaging any possibly resulting scars to the best of their ability. Incisions may be made in the inner creases of the ears, or on the backs of the ears.
After the incisions are made, the plastic surgeon will remove any excess skin and cartilage. The soctor will continue the surgery by folding the remaining cartilage into a position that will leave a natural looking appearance. Once the ideal shape is achieved the doctor will secure it with internal and external stitches, assuring that the beautiful new outline of the ears will remain intact.
After cosmetic ear surgery, the stitches usually dissolve, or are removed after about one week. Most adult patients can return to work in about five days, and most juvenile patients can return to school within a week. All patients should avoid any activities in which the ears might be subject to physical abuse.
Even the slightest modification from Otoplasty surgery can boost self confidence in all patients and help prevent teasing and bulling for children. 89% of patients that have had cosmetic ear surgery say that it was worth it, and are happy with their results.