Otoplasty: Cosmetic Ear Surgery
In cases of protruding or over-developed ears, the procedure of otoplasty may be an option. Otoplasty is commonly referred to as “pinning back” of the ears. It is available for children once their ears have stopped developing, around the age of six. Over-developed ears can be the cause of psychological stress and trauma and should be treated at a young age before it becomes a serious issue. Our doctors are trained in several surgical procedures, in order to eliminate the majority of the problems related to protruding ears.
Before Otoplasty Surgery
To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to surgery. In addition, a complete examination of your ears is made in order to take the most effective surgical approach. All issues such as shape of the ears and types of anesthesia used will be discussed.
The doctor will provide you with pre-operative instructions that may include the elimination of specific drugs containing aspirin several weeks before surgery to minimize excess bleeding. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent infection.
The areas that will be excised are marked and digital photographs are taken in order to document the amount of improvement after surgery.
After the operation patients should expect bruising around the area that fades in 2 to 3 weeks. Pain associated with operation is minimal and can be easily treated with oral medication. The bandages are only needed for a few days and should be replaced with a lighter dressing. Refraining from sleeping on the ears is required and patients are advised to use a very soft pillow. Showering and shampooing may begin after a few days. Expect two to three days of recovery before normal activities can be performed. Consult with the doctor before attempting any athletic or precarious activities that may affect the healing process.