Having ears that stick out is a very common insecurity in both women and men. Surgery of the ear, also known as otoplasty, is a procedure that helps reduce protrusion of the ear away from the head. This is often referred to as ear pinning and can be performed as young as the age of four. Ears that “stick out” are often the source of teasing and ridicule in young children. This teasing can have a devastating effect on the child’s psyche. Otoplasty will be ale to help give you proportionate ears that compliment the rest of your facial features.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR EAR PINNING?
Ear pinning surgery is used to correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth, becomes apparent as a child develops, or is caused by injury or earlier surgery. Otoplasty is used to correct overly large or protruding ears and is not associated with hearing loss. This surgery is appropriate for adults, teens and children (no younger than 4). By talking with your doctor, they will be able to let you know if you are a candidate for this procedure. Most people who are insecure about the look of their ears, whether is a because of an injury, deformity, or how you were born, can get this procedure done.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR OTOPLASTY?
The best way to prepare for your otoplasty procedure is by following instructions given by your doctor. During an initial consultation, they will go over instructions for you before your otoplasty and for the recovery time. This is to make sure that you’re comfortable and knowledgeable before your procedure.
WHAT DOES THE HEALING CONSIST OF FOR OTOPLASTY?
After your otoplasty, you will be fitted with a bandage around your head. This will help with bleeding, swelling, and promote healing. It is important that you keep your head elevated during the healing time. Patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and ear discharge. These are normal side effects and should subside. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for a couple weeks following your procedure. At a follow-up appointment, your doctor will let you know when you can resume normal activities.
WHO SHOULD I CONSULT WITH ABOUT OTOPLASTY?
Otoplasty is a very common procedure done both children and adults. To get your best results, consult a trained surgeon who understands how the ears relate to the rest of the face. Our team will work with you to ensure we give you the best results that are in proportion to your facial features.