What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery, is performed by our plastic surgeon to improve the appearance of the ear. The ear has a complicated contour so these are some of the issues otoplasty can correct:
- Prominent ears – surgery can set these closer to the head
- Large ears
- Awkward or absent folds and creases in the upper ear
- Enlarged or stretched earlobes
Are You a Good Candidate for Otoplasty?
Ear surgery is typically performed during childhood. As the ear grows and matures, the cartilage becomes firmer and the surgery can be slightly more difficult to perform, however otoplasty can also be safely performed in adults without an increase in risks.
How is Ear Surgery Performed?
Depending on the particular aspects of the ear being addressed, the incisions and extent of surgery vary (and it may be under sedation or general anesthesia). Essentially, after the incision is made, the cartilage or soft tissue is reshaped or trimmed, and then the skin is closed. Usually the incisions are hidden behind the ear, or camouflaged in natural creases or shadows. Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure, and special protective dressings are placed afterward to protect the repair.
Recovering From Ear Surgery
It’s important to keep the dressings Dr. Yee places secure, as they protect the repair. Keeping your head elevated with at least 2 pillows will help keep the swelling down. Normal activity can gradually be resumed after 3 weeks.
Is cosmetic ear surgery right for you? Please call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yee to discuss your concerns.