Otoplasty, often known as ear surgery, is a cosmetic technique used to reshape and improve the look of the ears. It is commonly performed on individuals self-conscious about their ears’ shape, size, or position. Otoplasty can be a life-changing procedure, helping improve self-esteem and confidence in children and adults.
What Is the Purpose of Otoplasty?
Otoplasty can correct a wide range of ear-related issues and improve the appearance of the ears. Some of the things that Otoplasty can do include:
- Correcting protruding or prominent ears by reshaping the cartilage and bringing the ears closer to the head.
- Improving the symmetry of the ears by adjusting their shape and size.
- Reducing the size of oversized ears or elongated earlobes.
- Correcting ear deformities resulting from injury or congenital disabilities
- Enhancing face balance and harmony by improving the overall shape and appearance of the ears.
Otoplasty is a highly customizable procedure tailored to each patient’s needs and goals. A visit with a qualified plastic surgeon can help determine what Otoplasty can do for a patient.
Who Are Good Candidates For Ear Surgery?
Good candidates for ear surgery, also known as Otoplasty, are individuals who are self-conscious about their ears’ size, shape, or position and want to improve their appearance. This can include individuals with prominent or protruding ears, asymmetrical ears, oversized ears, or stretched or elongated earlobes.
Moreover, candidates should be healthy and have realistic expectations regarding the procedure’s outcomes. In the case of children, it is generally recommended that they are at least five years old before undergoing Otoplasty. Candidates must also consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to evaluate if they are good candidates for the treatment.
What Are the Different Types of Otoplasty?
Several types of otoplasty operations are regularly performed, such as:
- Traditional Otoplasty. An incision behind the ear is made, and the cartilage is reshaped to improve the form and position of the ear.
- Non-surgical Otoplasty. This minimally invasive procedure uses sutures to reshape the ear without making any incisions. It is best suited for individuals with mild to moderate ear protrusion.
- Earlobe reduction. This procedure involves the removal of extra skin and tissue from the earlobe to minimize its size and contour.
- Ear augmentation. This procedure involves using cartilage grafts to increase the size or improve the shape of the ear.
The specific type of Otoplasty recommended for patients will depend on their needs and goals.
What’s The Procedure Like?
The exact procedure for Otoplasty can vary depending on the specific technique used and the individual needs of the patient. Generally, the surgery is performed outpatient under local anesthesia, although general anesthesia may be used in some cases. Typically, the procedure takes 2-3 hours to be finished.
During the otoplasty operation, the surgeon will create an incision behind the ear to expose the cartilage. Depending on the specific technique, the surgeon may reshape the cartilage or remove excess tissue to create a more natural-looking ear shape. Once the desired changes have been made, the incision will be closed with sutures.
After the surgery, the patient must wear a bandage or head wrap for several days to protect the ears and promote proper healing. To alleviate discomfort, pain medication may be administered, and the patient must refrain from intense activity or heavy lifting for many weeks. Follow-up appointments with the surgeon will be necessary to monitor healing and ensure the best possible results.
What Are The Possible Risks Involving Otoplasty and How to Avoid Them?
Otoplasty, like any surgical procedure, carries certain risks. Some potential risks associated with ear surgery include infection, bleeding, scarring, asymmetry, overcorrection, under-correction, and changes in skin sensation. These risks, however, can be reduced by selecting a trained and experienced surgeon, carefully following pre-operative and post-operative instructions, and reporting any medical conditions or drugs to the surgeon before the treatment.
What Are The Pre-Operative Otoplasty Instructions?
- Wear loose-fitting clothing, a shirt that can easily fit over the head or be buttoned up the front, and comfortable pants.
- Do not wear jewelry, makeup, lotions, oils, or perfumes on the day of the surgery. It is best to shower/bathe thoroughly on the morning of surgery.
- Do not take aspirin or aspirin-based products for two weeks before surgery. Do not take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory effects for one week before surgery.
- Skip drinking or eating after midnight the night prior if having IV sedation or general anesthesia.
- Lab work can be done at the hospital on the day of surgery.
- Those minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
- The patient must arrange a ride home.
What Are The Post-Operative Otoplasty Instructions?
The recovery time following Otoplasty varies depending on the individual and the degree of the procedure. However, several tips can help ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery:
- If prescribed narcotics, do not drive while taking drugs for pain since patients can be off them for 24 hours. Take medications as needed, not to exceed directions on the prescription.
- If rash, vomiting, or nausea persists, discontinue and call our office. Don’t add Tylenol into the pain management if the narcotic already has Tylenol.
- Tylenol and Ibuprofen can be dosed (if not contraindicated) in an alternating fashion to control most post-operative pain.
- Drink plenty of fluids after the surgery and advance your diet as tolerated.
- Do not stoop, strain, or lift over 10 pounds for two weeks.
- Leave dressings in place unless otherwise directed.
- Do not shower for 24 hours.
- Do not submerge the surgical site for four weeks.
- Swelling and bruising can take 2-4 weeks to resolve, and mild swelling (worse in the morning) can persist for one year. Some areas may have numbness and tingling for months. With time the incisions will fade. Protect new scars for six months.
Following these guidelines and taking good care of the ears after surgery will help you recover quickly and comfortably.
Transforming the appearance of one’s ears with Otoplasty can improve self-confidence and enhance overall facial harmony, making it a life-changing procedure for those unhappy with their ears. Cache Valley Facial Plastics is a top-notch facility that offers Otoplasty, a life-changing process that can improve the appearance of the ears and boost self-confidence. With their highly experienced and skilled surgeons, state-of-the-art facilities, and patient-centered approach, you can trust that Cache Valley Facial Plastics will provide exceptional care and the best possible results.