Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is done to change the size, position, or proportion of the ears. This procedure is known to raise self-confidence, especially in children and teenagers.
Am I a Candidate for Otoplasty?
Individuals who were born with ears that are disproportionate or stick our prominently, overly large or small ears, or have suffered an injury that has negatively impacted the shape or position of the ears may be good candidates for the otoplasty procedure. For children who undergo ear surgery, it is important that their ears reach their full size before surgery, which is around age six. Ideal candidates will be in overall good health and have realistic expectations for this procedure.
How is the Surgery Done?
In most cases, an incision is hidden in the crease behind the ear, and the ear cartilage is adjusted to reposition the ear. Long-lasting stitches hold the cartilage in its new position until the ear stays in place on its own. Adults have stiffer cartilage that doesn’t bend as easily, and sometimes require removal of small amounts of cartilage in order to change the shape and position of the ear.
What is Recovery Like?
After your ear surgery, you will have a dressing around your ears to help support your new ear position. It is important to keep this dressing in place for about 5 days to protect the new ear position. Discomfort is fairly minimal, but kids don’t love wearing their dressing to school and skipping gym class! During the first week of recovery, be sure to rest frequently, though it is also important to occasionally move around to keep your blood flowing. While recovery time differs for each patient, most people can return to light activities or school after about a week.
WHAT WILL MY INCISIONS LOOK LIKE?
The location of your ear incisions will depend on what changes you wish to make to your ears. You can generally expect the incisions to be created as inconspicuously as possible behind the ear.
HOW LONG WILL OTOPLASTY RESULTS LAST?
Results from Otoplasty surgery are usually life-long. If you are unhappy with the position or appearance of your ears, contact Mountain Lake Plastic Surgery today at (802) 231-4284 to request your Otoplasty consultation.