Ear surgery, or Otoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of a person’s ears. Although Otoplasty does not affect hearing, it can provide great psychological benefits to anyone who has been teased about the size or shape of their ears, suffered a serious ear injury, or simply wants to improve their appearance.
Although the operation is most often performed on children, it can be beneficial to people of all ages. Ears are almost fully grown by age four, so early surgery can prevent a child from being teased in school.
Ear Lobe Repair
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your ears, call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Petroff. Dr. Petroff Ear surgery may also be helpful for the following conditions:
- Large or protruding ears
- Lop ear (top of the ear folds downward or inward)
- Cupped ear (a small ear)
- Shell ear (no outer curve in the cartilage)
- Large, stretched, or torn earlobes
- Earlobes with large creases and wrinkles
What is recovery from ear surgery like?
Patients of all ages usually feel back to normal after one to two weeks. The sutures will be removed within one week. Prescription medication will be made available to you to help alleviate any discomfort. You should avoid sleeping on their side for the first two weeks after surgery. After about one week following otoplasty, children may return to school and adults are often able to return to work and resume normal daily activities. After the ears have healed completely, there is usually a faint scar on the back of the ears. However, because of the strategic placement of the incisions, the scars should be virtually unnoticeable and will typically fade with time.
How is Otoplasty performed?
Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, generally lasts one hour and is performed on an outpatient basis. Local anesthesia with IV sedation is used for both children and adults.
The Otoplasty procedure begins with a small incision made behind the ear in the natural crease where the ear meets the head. The cartilage is then sculpted and bent into its new position to achieve the desired appearance. In some types of otoplasty, skin is removed, but the cartilage is left in one piece and merely bent back on itself for a smaller-looking ear.
After sculpting the cartilage to the preferred shape, sutures are used to hold the ear in the new position until healing is complete. A bandage is then wrapped around the head to ensure the new positioning.
Otoplasty typically serves two functions: setting prominent ears back closer to the head and/or reducing the size of large ears. Although the operation is most often performed on children, it can be beneficial to people of all ages. Ears are almost fully grown by age four, so early surgery can prevent a child from being teased in school.
Otoplasty requires considerable skill on the part of your surgeon, as every ear surgery is very different from the next. Dr. Petroff has performed numerous successful ear surgeries on young children and adults, using his training, experience, and artistic eye to create an excellent aesthetic result.
It is important that the patient is in good general health and has realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. Discuss your goals of otoplasty with Dr. Petroff so that you can achieve the results you desire.
How long to the effects of otoplasty last?
Ear surgery is permanent.
Schedule a consultation for Otoplasty today.