Otoplasty – Surgery of the Ears

Otoplasty

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that can improve the shape, proportion or position of the ear.  Defects in the ear structures that are present at birth may become more apparent as the ear develops in case such, otoplasty can be an option.  Correction of protruding or deformed ears can make a profound difference in your appearance.

 

The Best Candidates

 Children:

If your child is healthy, without any life-threating illness or ear infections that has gone untreated

When a child’s ear cartilage is developed and stable enough, usually by the age of 5

If they are able to follow instructions

Teens and Adults:

If you are healthy, without any life-threating illness that can interfere with healing

Individuals that are able to understand instructions and have clear goals and expectations

Non-smokers

The Surgery

Correction of protruding ears requires creating or increasing the antihelical fold and reducing enlarged conchal cartilage. Incisions are generally made on the back of the ear. When incisions are required on the front of the ear, they are made within its folds to conceal them.  Internal, permanent sutures are used to secure the cartilage in the inner ear.   Dissolvable sutures are used behind the ear.  Bandages and dressings will be applied to protect and keep the surgical areas clean.

Type Of Anesthesia

The type of sedation or anesthesia used is determined by age, as well as, other factors such as the ear defect.  Your surgeon will discuss your options at the time of your consultation.

After Your Surgery

You will be given instructions on how to care for your ears at home.  Following the home care instructions given to you by your surgeon will decrease the risk of infection and promote a successful surgical result.  You will be given an appointment to followup with your surgeon.  It is very important to attend your visits to insure that you are healing properly.

 Your New Look

You should notice results immediately if the repair is for protruding ears.  Because the ear will be positioned closer to the sides of your head, the surgical scars should not be noticeable behind the ear or within the ear crease.  In more complicated repairs recovery may take a longer period of time.

 

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