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Ear Surgery/Otoplasty

Ear surgery - also known as otoplasty - can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth, or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury.

  • What is otoplasty?

    Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear.

    Otoplasty can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth that becomes apparent with development or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury.

    Ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem.

    If protruding or disfigured ears bother you or your child, you may consider plastic surgery.

    Specifically ear surgery can treat:

    • Overly large ears — a rare condition called macrotia
    • Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees — not associated with hearing loss
    • Adult dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery
  • Otoplasty candidates

    Children who are good candidates for ear surgery are:

    • Healthy, without a life-threatening illness or untreated chronic ear infections
    • Generally 5 years old, or when a child's ear cartilage is stable enough for correction
    • Cooperative and follow instructions well
    • Able to communicate their feelings and do not voice objections when surgery is discussed

    Teenagers and adults who are good candidates for ear surgery are:

    • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
    • Non-smokers
    • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for ear surgery

    Ear surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else's desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

  • Ear surgery recovery

    Discomfort immediately following ear surgery is normal and can be controlled with pain medication. There may be an itchy feeling under bandages. It is essential that bandages remain intact and are not removed, for any reason. Failure to do so may result in loss of some of the correction and may require a secondary surgery.

    Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.

    • Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
    • What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
    • Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?
    • Are stitches removed? When?
    • When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
    • When do I return for follow-up care?
    • Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

  • Results and outlook

    Ear surgery offers almost immediate results in cases of protruding ears, visible when the dressings that support the new shape of the ear during initial phases of healing are removed. With the ear permanently positioned closer to the head, surgical scars are either hidden behind the ear or well hidden within the natural creases of the ear.

    The results of more extensive ear surgery and reconstruction may appear in stages over time.

  • Important facts about the safety and risks of ear surgery

    The decision to have ear surgery is extremely personal and you'll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery.

    You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo, the alternatives and the most likely risks and potential complications.

    After surgery, bandages or dressings will be applied to keep your surgical site clean, protect it from trauma and to support the new position of the ear during initial healing.

    You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to take care of your ears following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow-up with your plastic surgeon

    When you go home

    Should any complications occur, notify your plastic surgeon who will determine if any additional treatment is needed.

    Be careful

    Following your physician’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

    It’s very important to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.

  • What to expect during your consultation

    The success and safety of your procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You'll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

    Be prepared to discuss:

    • Why you want the procedure, your expectations and desired outcome
    • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
    • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
    • Previous surgeries

    Your surgeon may also

    • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
    • Take photographs for your medical record
    • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
    • Discuss likely outcomes of ear surgery and any risks or potential complications
  • Preparing for ear surgery

    Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:

    • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
    • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
    • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
    • Avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

    Special instructions you receive will cover:

    • What to do on the day of surgery
    • The use of anesthesia during your procedure
    • Post-operative care and follow-up
  • Questions to ask my plastic surgeon

    Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation:

    • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
    • What will be expected to get the best results?
    • Where and how will you perform my procedure?
    • What shape, size, surface texturing, incision site and placement site are recommended for me?
    • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
    • What are the risks and complications associated with this procedure?
    • How are complications handled?
    • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome of my ear surgery?
    • Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for each procedure and what are reasonable results?

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