Ear reshaping (Otoplasty)
Who Is a Good Candidate?
- Patients who are self-conscious about their protruding ears.
- Patients whose ears do not have natural creases or curves.
- Patients with small or constricted appearing ears.
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- Local or general anesthesia can be used and it takes about one to two hours.
- Incision is usually on the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage.
- The cartilage is then reshaped and sutured in place to create the natural fold and decrease the prominence.
- Occasionally, a piece of cartilage is removed either from the posterior incision or from an incision inside the ear.
- This can be combined with many other cosmetic surgeries especially nose reshaping to bring better balance to your facial features.
- You can go home after several hours.
- The head is wrapped in gauze dressing to help with the healing and molding of the ears.
- After a few days the bulky gauze dressing is removed and a headband can be worn.
- Most patients experience minimal pain that is mostly gone by the second or third day and is easily controlled by medications.
- Swelling is mild to moderate for the first week, and rapidly disappears thereafter.
- The ears may throb or ache for a few days.
- Resume many activities within the first week, and most by the third week.
- Stitches are removed between seven and ten days.
- Off of work for three to five days.
- Better balance of the facial features.
- More natural curvature of the ears.
- Improved look.