Ear Reshaping (Otoplasty)
Who is a Good Candidate for Ear Reshaping?
- Patients who are self conscious about their protruding ears.
- Patients whose ears do not have natural creases or curves.
- Patients with small or constricted appearing ears.
- Local or general anesthesia can be used and it takes about one to two hours.
- Incision is usually on the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage.
- The cartilage is then reshaped and sutured in place to create the natural fold and decrease the prominence.
- Occasionally, a piece of cartilage is removed either from the posterior incision or from an incision inside the ear.
- This can be combined with many other cosmetic surgeries especially the nose reshaping to bring better balance to your facial features.
The Recovery After Ear Reshaping
- You can go home after several hours.
- The head is wrapped in gauze dressing to help with healing and molding of the ears.
- After a few days the bulky gauze dressing is removed and a headband can be worn.
- Minimal pain that is mostly gone by the second or third day and easily controlled by medications.
- Swelling is mild to moderate for the first week, and rapidly disappears thereafter.
- The ears may throb or ache for a few days.
- Resume many activities within the first week, and most by the third week.
- Stitches are removed between seven and ten days.
- Off of work for three to five days.
The Result From Ear Reshaping
- Better balance of the facial features.
- More natural curvature of the ears.
- Improved look.
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Otoplasty (ear surgery) can be very important for children who have protruding ears in avoiding issues with self-esteem that may occur later in life. And adults who have been affected by large or prominent ears can also benefit from ear surgery with an improved aesthetic and an enhanced self-confidence. During your consultation, Sam M. Sukkar, MD will be happy to address any questions that you may have. Contact us today.