While many people may not pay too much attention to the appearance of their ears, their size and shape can play a significant role in a person’s overall appearance. In some cases, people may feel that their ears are too big or asymmetrical when compared to the rest of their face. This keeps them from feeling comfortable and confident in their appearance.
Prominent ears or ears that protrude out at a large angle can be corrected with a simple cosmetic procedure known as otoplasty.
What is Otoplasty?
The term ‘otoplasty’ is used to collectively define the different types of surgical procedures done on the outer ear to change its shape, size or position.
The aesthetic deformity may be caused due to external trauma or malformation from birth. In general, otoplasty usually aims at correcting a structural irregularity or improving the appearance of one’s ear. The outer ear plays a minor role in hearing but a major role in our appearance
It is one of the few cosmetic procedures that can be safely done on kids aged 5 and above.
Depending on the present condition and aesthetic goals of the patient, a surgeon may employ any one of the following techniques:
For patients whose ears are abnormally large, the doctor may correct it by reducing the size of the ear.
Some people have very small or underdeveloped ears, otoplasty helps by increasing the size of their outer ear.
Protruding ears can be drawn in and secured closer to the head in order to decrease their visibility.
Before the procedure, a consultation will take place. It includes physical examination, questions on medical history, and discussions on patient’s expectations from the surgery.
During the procedure, a local or general anesthesia may be used depending on the patient evaluation. Patients may also be given sedatives to eradicate any chances of surgery-related discomfort.
Once their effect kicks in, the surgeon gets to work using the specific technique chosen for the patient. A typical otoplasty procedure includes the surgeon creating a small incision behind the ear or between its folds.
The surgeon then manipulates the ear tissue by cutting, grafting or changing the cartilage shape.
Once the desired result has been achieved, the incisions are then closed and wrapped in bandages.
What to Expect
You can expect your post-surgery ears to feel sore or tender. Post-operative bruising and swelling is also normal and subsides within the recovery period. The procedure is generally well tolerated even by younger patients and there should be little to no pain or discomfort.
It is important to quit smoking a few weeks before any surgical procedure.
While recovering, it is important to keep your dressing clean and dry. Maintain good hygiene and be mindful of your sleeping position. Do not touch or scratch the area around your ears even if it feels itchy.
You should notice an immediate change in the appearance of your ears and results will continue to improve as swelling decreases.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact The Chow Center today to schedule a consultation for your otoplasty in Pasadena. Dr. Jen Chow is a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon who strives the provide our patients with amazing care and beautiful results.
* Individual results may vary.
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