Surgery to improve the appearance of the ears is called an “Otoplasty.” There is a wide spectrum of conditions which can affect the appearance of the ears. In Our practice, most individuals are interested in reducing the size, or prominence, of the ears. However, there are many individuals who have sustained an injury to the ear and would benefit from an otoplasty as well. This could include animal bites, lacerations and accidents which also result in torn earlobes. Patients who undergo this surgery for prominent ears are extremely satisfied by the procedure.
An otoplasty is surprisingly complex. The appearance and prominence of the ear is governed by a delicate balance among the curvatures in the cartilage of the ear. Changing the shape of one area, therefore, causes changes in the shape of surrounding areas. In order to be successful, each maneuver must complement each other. These include such things as cartilage scoring, excision, and cartilage stitches. A careful interplay of all of these techniques will produce the desired result. Since each individual is unique, the exact surgical plan can not be determined until a full examination of the ear is completed.
There is relatively little discomfort associated with an otoplasty. A compressive head and ear bandage is applied immediately after surgery and has to be continuously worn for the first week. There is some bruising and mild swelling which usually resolves within a week. Although wearing the bandage as much as possible is encouraged, it can be removed during the day, after the first week. Strenuous activity, such as running and heavy lifting, should be avoided for at least one month to allow the delicate structures of the ear to heal in their new position.
*Disclaimer:The information provided on this site is for general informational purposes only, and does not replace the need for a consultation with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon before undergoing a surgical procedure. Results are not guaranteed and may vary according to health condition, weight, skin type, individual needs and other factors.