Ears that are out of proportion or that stick out prominently can cause a person to feel self-conscious. Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that fixes this by reshaping misshapen ears and/or “pinning back” ears that stick out from the head. A purely cosmetic procedure, otoplasty can be performed on males, females, school-age children and adults to alter the size, shape or proportion of the ears for aesthetically pleasing results.
Are You a Good Candidate for Otoplasty?
You might be a good candidate for an otoplasty procedure if you:
- Have overly small or large ears
- Have misshapen or oddly placed ears
- Have ears that stick out prominently
- Have suffered an injury that has damaged the shape or position of your ears
The Otoplasty Procedure
Otoplasty surgery usually takes about one to two hours to perform and it is usually an outpatient procedure. The procedure can be performed under sedation and local anesthesia, however general anesthesia is used in some children and under certain circumstances in adults. The incisions are placed behind the ear so that the small resulting scar is well hidden. To fix protruding ears, an incision is made behind the ear in the fold where the ear meets the head. The surgeon will remove a portion of cartilage and skin and use sutures to pin the remaining cartilage back against the head. In other cases where the ears are misshapen, the surgeon will make an incision in a natural fold on the front surface of the ear and sculpt the cartilage into a more desirable shape before suturing it into position.
Recovering from Otoplasty
The patient will have dressings applied to their ears for the first week following surgery. In some cases, the cosmetic surgeon will also recommend that the patient wear a headband for the first two to six weeks after surgery in order to keep the ears back into position. The surgeon will prescribe pain medication to relieve any discomfort during the recovery process. It is common to have some redness, itching and numbness of the ears for the first week after surgery. A warm compress should be applied to the ears two to three times a day for the first two weeks. For the first week after surgery, the patient will need to avoid sleeping on their side so that they don’t put any pressure on their ears. Patients shouldn’t wear earrings or glasses until three weeks post-surgery, unless otherwise specified by the surgeon. Most patients can return to work or school one week after surgery.
Plan Your Otoplasty Procedure Now
Are you unhappy with the size or shape of your ears? Is your child being teased at school or lacking self-confidence because of protruding ears? A simple and minimally invasive procedure like otoplasty can make all the difference in the world when it comes to restoring a sense of self-esteem, whether for adult or child. When you schedule a consultation with an Allure Plastic Surgery surgeon, they are fully equipped to give you all of the information you need about this procedure. Call Allure Plastic Surgery today at (305) 479-2991 to schedule your complimentary consultation.