Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that enhances the appearance of the ears. It can involve ear size reduction, getting your ears pinned back, or both. Otoplasty is a relatively common procedure, with ear reduction surgery making up the majority of ear reshaping procedures performed. Some ear surgeries can also reduce ear elongation caused by other physical activities such as repeatedly wearing heavy earrings.
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Reasons for Otoplasty
Many adults seek ear reduction surgery to improve their appearance. Large ears can be a distraction and can make you look older than you are. Ear reduction surgery can help restore your confidence and make you feel more comfortable in social settings.
Bullying or teasing about ear size is a common problem for children and can have a lasting negative impact on their self-esteem. If you’re considering ear reduction surgery for your child, it’s important to talk to them about why they want the surgery and how it could benefit them.
Otoplasty surgery can correct and prevent a number of physical and social problems, some of which are listed below:
- Deformity of the outer ear that looks too big or lopsided, preventing proper function.
- Damage to the ear canal -can cause hearing loss over time if not addressed early on.
- Social embarrassment caused by having one ear different than another, where it slants back or is drooping.
- Psychological damage caused by teasing or bullying. Surgery allows for both cosmetic and functional benefits.
- Ears that protrude too far out from the side of the head.
The otoplasty surgery procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. An incision will be made in the back of the ear, then the cartilage will be reshaped and folded back towards the head. Excess skin may also be removed from the ear. Once the desired shape is achieved, the incision will be stitched up and bandaging will be applied.
With pinnaplasty a cut will be made at the back of your ear. then some skin will be peeled off from the cartilage. The shape of the cartilage is modified so that your ear lies closer to your head.
If needed, surgical ear pinning and ear reduction can be combined in one otoplasty operation: this allows for both cartilage and skin removal to be completed in one operative setting – minimizing anesthesia requirement, pain after surgery, and recovery time.
Recovery From Otoplasty
Following surgery, you will likely experience some swelling and bruising around the ears. If possible it’s best to sleep in a recliner with your head elevated and propped by a pillow on each side. If sleeping in bed your head should be elevated and precaution should be taken that you do not turn on your side.
The recovery time for otoplasty surgery varies depending on the individual, but typically ranges from one to two weeks. You will need to keep the ears clean and dry during the healing process, and should avoid any strenuous exercise or swimming for at least four to six weeks
You will be given instructions on how to care for your ears at home in order to prevent infection. Dr.Tantawi will prescribe medication, and schedule follow-up appointments to make sure you have the best healing and recovery possible with your utmost comfort in mind.
There is no ideal age to get otoplasty surgery. However, for children it’s best to wait until their ears are fully formed to have the procedure. Most children can have otoplasty by age five. All situations and circumstances are individual, therefore scheduling a consultation with Dr. Tantawi is the best way to get any questions or concerns addressed.
Otoplasty has a great success rate and patients report high satisfaction for results and quick recovery.
The incisions made for otoplasty do cause scarring. However they are small and behind the ears so are not detectable.
The cost of otoplasty is determined by a number of factors such as how complex the procedure is. Some of the other factors are anesthesia, facility overhead costs and staffing. You will be given the total cost of your procedure at your consultation.
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