Also known as otoplasty and pinnaplasty, ear surgery can be beneficial for children over the age of five or six, when the ears are fully developed, to adults. The cartilage in the ear at a younger age is more pliable, allowing the physician to reshape it more easily than in an adult's ear. Fortunately, if older patients decide to undergo otoplasty, no additional risks are generally associated. Please note that Toronto Cosmetic Clinic does not perform cosmetic ear surgery on children.
Ear surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure that targets the appearance of the ears only, rather than their hearing ability. It involves less risk than other invasive cosmetic procedures. Patients' ears can be reshaped or reduced in size to achieve an aesthetically pleasing contour. The includes the lobes. If the ears are too small, they can also be enlarged. However, the most common otoplasty procedure involves pinning back the ears to prevent them from sticking out far from the head.
A Brief Overview of the Ear Surgery Procedure
In most cases, ear surgery takes approximately two to three hours to perform. As an outpatient, patients will be placed under general or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on their age. A minor incision will be made at the back of the ear in order to remove any skin or cartilage that is deemed in excess. Then, the cartilage in the ears will be shaped and the ear will be held in place by permanent stitches. The extent of reshaping will be determined during consultation prior to otoplasty surgery, so it's vital that you make clear your desired contour at that time.
Recovery is generally faster than several other surgical procedures. Dressing will be applied to the ears in the form of a bandage and patients may feel slight discomfort as the anesthesia wears off. This may be in the form of a dull ache or throbbing.
Normally, patients are able to see the results of their ear surgery or otoplasty within a few days, once the dressings have been removed.
For about a month, avoid any activity that could compromise proper recovery. This includes such things as contact sports, which may chafe or bend the ear back in an awkward position.
Risks associated with the procedure include blood clots and infection. Both can be effectively treated.