Otoplasty is an option for patients who want to change the size, shape, or position of your ears. This cosmetic surgical procedure is an ideal solution if you are bothered by the appearance of ears that stick out, are asymmetrical, are too large or small in proportion to other features, or have sustained an injury affecting the size or placement of the ears.
Benefits of Otoplasty
This procedure is safe and can improve ear appearance and boost self-confidence in children as young as five. Otoplasty can be performed as soon as the ears reach full size, which typically happens around age six, and results last a lifetime. A set-back otoplasty, which corrects prominent ears, can also be done on adults.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Otoplasty is done under general anesthesia. In children, splints are used to contour and reshape the ears. In adults, cartilage must be removed through a small incision before the ears can be reshaped. The incision can be made either behind or in front of the ear depending on the necessary techniques, which in turn depend on the exact results desired. Scars from this procedure are usually inconspicuous.
After the surgery, your ears will be bound with a heavy dressing. After an initial inspection, your surgeon may replace this with a lighter dressing. For about 24 hours after the surgery, you will need to have a companion with you. It is also important to rest as much as possible during the first week of recovery. Your doctor may prescribe medications, which should be taken as directed. You will see your cosmetic plastic surgeon for follow-up care after the first week and will be able to return to work and normal activities. In two weeks, the final results of the procedure will be noticeable and full recovery usually takes about two to three months.