Gone are the days, when people used to live with too large, too small or protruding ears. Like other facial features, the shape and size of our ears also play an important role in making or marring the facial appearance. So, now, when cosmetic surgery provides solution to nearly each and every aesthetic problem, you need not to live with undesired appearance of ears. Ear reshaping surgery is an effective option for you if you want to improve the appearance of your or your child’s ear. It is equally beneficial for children who have developed their ears fully or elders.
What is ear reshaping surgery?
Ear reshaping surgery – also known as otoplasty – is the surgical procedure that improves the shape, position and proportion of ears. It can be performed for both aesthetic and reconstructive purposes. It can correct the defect in the ear present naturally or caused by some injury. Specifically, ear surgery can effectively treat.
- Overly large ears.
- Extremely small ears.
- Protruding ears.
- Dissatisfaction with previous procedure.
Procedure of ear surgery:
The first step for performing ear surgery is administration of anesthesia. When performed on child, general anesthesia is used while local anesthesia with sedation can be used for elders. The next step is making incisions. Incisions are generally made behind ears or in the folds so that they are well hidden. After making incisions, alterations including repositioning of ears, removing part of cartilage in case ear is large and adding cartilage graft in case ear is small are made in the ears. After making desired changes, incisions are closed.
Results and recovery of ear surgery:
The results of ear surgery become visible just after the surgery but patient may require some time for complete healing and recovery. When performed by experienced hands, ear surgery does not cause any severe complications but as it is a surgical procedure, it does cause some temporary side effects. Just after the surgery, you may also experience bleeding behind ear drum. Other side effects include swelling and bruising. Following surgeon’s instructions and prescriptions can help you relieve these symptoms quickly. You should also avoid lifting heavy objects, blowing nose strongly and allowing water in the ear for few days after surgery.
If you are interested in knowing more about ear surgery then have a consultation with our plastic surgeons. You can also have free online consultation by filing in the consultation form given on our website.