Ear surgery, known as otoplasty, can change the size, shape, or proportion of the ears and restore self-confidence in one’s appearance. This is especially true for children and teenagers. Ear surgery can correct ears that stick out too much, are misshapen or positioned higher than one another. Let’s take a look at some of the common questions about ear surgery.
Who Is A Candidate for Ear Surgery?
Although candidates for ear surgery are children older than five, it is important that younger patients are completely developed before considering this surgery. Children should have ear cartilage that is stable enough for corrective surgery and able to follow directions for post-operative care. Usually, children’s ears have reached their full size by the time they reach six years of age. They should be able to communicate their feelings and not become upset when the surgery is discussed.
Adults and teenagers should be in generally good health, have a positive outlook, and be non-smokers when considering ear surgery.
What Types of Ear Surgery Are There?
Ear surgery can take several forms depending on the desired results. One common procedure, known as “Ear Pinning” involves sculpting or folding over the cartilage behind the ear thereby pulling the ear closer to the head. This procedure can correct protruding or disfigured ears that stick out more than normal. Ear surgery can also be reconstructive in nature, especially where there is an almost total absence of the external part of the ear.
What Will Be The Results of Ear Surgery?
The results of ear surgery can be readily apparent and the vast majority of patients are very pleased with their results. Suture lines and scars are hidden behind the ear or within the natural creases of the ear. Following your procedure, it is important to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions. Generally, you should refrain from scratching or touching the sutures, as well as avoid sunlight and forceful motions. Keep all dressings in place until your surgeon removes them. Your stitches will usually be removed a week after your surgery. Most patients can return to their normal activities within two weeks.
The results of ear surgery will last a lifetime.
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