Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
What is ear surgery?
Ear surgery or otoplasty can address concerns about the size, shape or position of the ears. Individuals considering ear surgery should have a positive personal outlook and a specific goal in mind for their surgery.
Who is ear surgery right for?
Ear surgery is most appropriate for individuals who are in good health, and do not have any pre-existing conditions that affect their body’s ability to heal. Ear surgery can be an effective solution for patients who have ongoing concerns about their ear size, angle, or shape, including:
- Large of hanging earlobes
- Ears that stand out too far
- A physical appearance that interferes with self-confidence
- Corrective surgery from a previous surgical experience
What are my ear surgery options?
Your doctor will discuss surgical options with you at your initial consultation. Each surgery is different and specific to the individual.
What are the risks of ear surgery?
You can minimize the risks of ear surgery by keeping your head elevated after surgery and carefully following post-operative instructions. Otoplasty can result in changes in sensation that usually return to normal and can leave scars on the ears that are generally hidden. Many of the risks involved with Otoplasty can be effectively avoided by choosing a reputable, experienced surgeon who is familiar with the procedure. Ask your surgeon for details about risks relating to the specifics of your surgery.
The length of this procedure depends on the specifics of your surgery. The simplest otoplasties can be done under local anesthetic and take as little as 30min. More complicated procedures require a general anesthetic and can take as long as 2.5 hours. We will discuss every aspect of your surgery during your initial consultation. The results of this surgery are long-lasting.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and light activities can begin the next day. Within one to two weeks, day-to-day activities can commence regularly. After the removal of your initial head dressing, you will be provided with a compression headband, which should be worn night and day for two weeks, and then at nighttime only for another four weeks. Its main function is to reduce bruising and swelling, and to protect the ear from being pulled forward. The appearance of the ears improves gradually for six weeks following your surgery. Skincare and sun protection is especially imperative during the recovery period.
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