If you’re looking to improve the look of your ears, otoplasty is a common cosmetic procedure that may work for you. This procedure can improve the symmetry, proportions, and overall shape of the ears. Plus, results from otoplasty are permanent and apparent right after treatment.
What Is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure in which cartilage in the ear is reshaped, changing the overall appearance of the ears. The end result of otoplasty will depend on the patient’s unique concerns and goals.
During an otoplasty, your surgeon may make incisions in the creases of your ears or at the back of your ears. Then, cartilage and skin will be removed and repositioned as needed. Once set in the desired position, sutures will be used to secure your ears in place. The duration of an otoplasty is usually two hours.
Why Is Otoplasty Performed?
Patients may seek out an otoplasty to change the size, shape, or position of their ears. Common aesthetic concerns of the ears are:
- Ears that are too large
- Ears that extend too far out from the head
- Ears that are unevenly shaped
- Ears that are deformed after an injury
- Ears that are deformed due to a birth defect
An otoplasty may also be performed if a patient previously had ear surgery and is unhappy with the results.
Recovering from Otoplasty
Immediately after otoplasty, your doctor will bandage your ears for protection. You may feel tenderness, itchiness, and general discomfort in the treatment area. Your doctor may prescribe pain medications to help you manage discomfort in the days following the procedure.
It’s important to be conscientious of the treatment area as your ears recover. Avoid putting pressure on your ears, such as sleeping on your side or pulling a tight-collared shirt over your head. After your doctors removes the bandages, it’s recommended to wear a protective headband to bed for at least a few weeks. This will help to keep pressure off of your ears as you move in your sleep.
Results from otoplasty are permanent, which makes it an attractive treatment option for people with cosmetic ear concerns. Contact us today to learn more about how otoplasty could work for you.