Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. Otoplasty, can be done for a variety of reasons but is most commonly done to correct protruding ears.
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What does the surgery entail?
The back of the ear is incised, the cartilage is sculpted, and the incision is stitched closed, pulling the ear backwards. Otoplasty can be done under local or general anesthesia.
Is Ear Surgery safe?
Otoplasty is a safe procedure, but it carries some surgical risks. As in any surgery, there is a small risk of bleeding or infection, as well as rare complications from anesthesia.
Are there any possible side effects?
Patients may experience some temporary soreness and itching which will fade with time.
Will there be any downtime?
There is usually little post-operative pain or downtime, but a couple days of rest is recommended. A head dressing is often applied for a couple of days.
What are the results?
Deformities of the ear vary, as do results. A normal ear with close symmetry is usually attainable.
What can be expected post-surgery?
Your head will be wrapped in bandages, and your ears may ache. Discomfort can be controlled with pain medication.
How soon will results appear?
Results are immediate, and you can enjoy your new appearance as soon as the bandages are removed.
How long does Ear Surgery last?
Otoplasty takes a couple of hours. Results are generally permanent.
Who are candidates for Ear Surgery?
Otoplasty can be performed on patients who are at least three years old and have prominent ears.
Who should avoid Ear Surgery?
Those who have a history of excessive scarring, auto-immune disorders, high blood pressure or circulatory disorders may not be good candidates.
How does the treatment feel?
Due to anesthesia, you should not experience any discomfort. Discomfort following surgery can be controlled with pain medication.
What are the limitations of Ear Surgery?
Firmer cartilage in older patients may prevent optimal results. However, satisfactory results are usually achieved.
Instructions before surgery:
The patient’s individual surgeon will provide specific instructions prior to surgery. There will be guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking and medications to take and avoid. Patients should make arrangements for someone to drive them home after the surgery.
Instructions after surgery:
After surgery, do not put any pressure on your ears, and do not sleep on your side. Your head will be dressed with bandages, which will be replaced in a few days with a lighter dressing, similar to a headband. This will help your ears heal in the proper position, and should be worn even at night. After five days, you may return to work. Take care not to put pressure on the ears even at this time. You may have sutures that need to be removed after a week.
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