The appearance of the ears can be a sore spot for many patients who have been teased because of protruding ears or ears that are misshapen due to an injury or birth defect. No matter your concern, otoplasty surgery may be just what you need to improve the appearance of your ears and your self-esteem at the same time.
What is otoplasty?
Also known as ear pinning, otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that changes the shape, position or size of one or both ears to create an improved or less noticeable appearance. It may involve brining protruding ears closer to the sides of the head. It also helps correct asymmetrical ears and deformities in the cartilage of one or both ears.
How is it performed?
Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure done under light general anesthesia or local anesthesia. An incision is made on the back of the ear. Cartilage is reshaped and held in a new position by permanent stitches. Dissolving stitches are used close to the skin incision.
What is recovery like?
You can expect to wear a bandage over your head for 3-5 days after surgery to help support the ears as they heal. Patients often feel minor discomfort that’s managed by over-the-counter pain medication. After the head bandage is removed, you can return to normal activities. You’ll have bruising and swelling, but bruising usually only lasts 3-4 days and swelling subsides after about three weeks.
How long do results last?
Results are life-long, with a small risk of prominent ear recurrence. Your doctor will help you understand your risk and suggest a healthy lifestyle and good skin care regimen to maintain results.
Otoplasty can be a life-changing surgery for many patients dealing with a less-than-desirable appearance of their ears. If you’re interested in learning more about this cosmetic ear surgery and whether you are a candidate, call 403.571.3141 to set up a consultation.