When people think about how their appearance impacts their self-esteem, they are often most concerned about their face because this is how people identify one another. Most people desire to have a face that is symmetric in appearance on either side. This is what makes ear surgery (otoplasty) so important. There are numerous reasons why someone might be thinking about having ear surgery performed. Ear surgery is used to change the shape of the ears to make them match. It can also alter the size of the ears to make them more symmetrical. Furthermore, many people have ear surgery to change their position on the head to make both sides even. For more information on ear surgery, continue reading!
Did You Know…?
Many people are born with birth defects in the shape, size, or even construction of their ears. Otoplasty can also be used to correct birth defects in the ears that prevent people from hearing properly. On the other hand, many people have traumatic experiences that damage their ears, such as during competitive wrestling, that can also be addressed using ear surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many people haven’t heard of otoplasty and have questions regarding the procedure. Many of these questions have been answered below.
A board-certified plastic surgeon performs most otoplasty procedures. Some patients may ask to be put to sleep while other patients only require a regional anesthesia in the area of the procedure. The plastic surgeon will make an incision along the back of the ear to ensure that any scars aren’t visible from the front. The tissue will then be manipulated during the procedure to match the expectations of the patient as closely as possible. If the ears were injured in a traumatic accident, they could be re-shaped during this procedure. The ear is dressed at the end of the procedure to keep it covered while it heals.
Otoplasty is a safe procedure that rarely has complications. Some of the complications that patients should be aware of include a risk of reaction to the anesthesia, bleeding risks, possible infection near the incision sites, and cosmetic issues related to the results. Be sure to discuss these risks with the plastic surgeon before proceeding forward.
While many patients are anxious to view the results of the surgery, it is important to keep the ear covered by a dressing until the surgeon says it is acceptable to remove the dressing. Once the surgeon removes the dressing, the differences should be apparent immediately. Some swelling might remain, and it will take time for this to fade. Anyone with questions regarding ear surgery should contact our office. Our doctor has a tremendous amount of experience performing ear surgery for a wide variety of patient circumstances. Call today for more information.