Overview About Otoplasty
Otoplasty is plastic surgery performed on the outer portions of the ear. This corrective procedure is a popular option for individuals who have experienced severe accidents, traumas, or birth defects. In lieu of ear stretchers or other semi-effective solutions, people turn to ear surgery to achieve their desired aesthetic results. Generally speaking, patients seek otoplasty treatment when their ears aren’t correctly proportioned to their face. Otoplasty aims to improve the position, proportion, and overall shape of the ear.
Dr. Mazaheri, a trusted board-certified plastic surgeon, is qualified to perform ear correction surgery on an outpatient basis to help patients regain their confidence.
Check out this in-depth guide for everything you need to know regarding otoplasty with Dr. Mazaheri.
Why Have an Otoplasty?
There are a number of reasons why people choose otoplasty surgery. Among the most common reasons are earlobe size reduction and injury recovery. However, ear pinning is popular for patients who have any of the following concerns:
- Asymmetric ears
- Protruding ears
- Sagging earlobes
- Large ears
- Lack of ear folds or grooves
- Misshaped ears
- Stretched out earlobes from piercings
- Damaged ears from injury or trauma
Ear pinning surgery can address protruding, enlarged, and disproportionate facial features. Individuals who are considering this cosmetic procedure should only trust qualified, board-certified, and experienced surgeons like Dr. Mazaheri.
What to Expect During Otoplasty
Otoplasty is a relatively safe, in-office procedure performed under general anaesthesia.
Incisions for otoplasty are made on the back of the ear so scars will not be visible from the front. When treating torn earlobes that involve the front of the ear, the incisions and sutures will be on the front and back. Any ear cartilage corrections are made through this incision. Flat or absent folds are improved with sutures in the cartilage. Extra cartilage causing the ear to stick out is removed and the ear is “pinned” with sutures.
Types of Otoplasty Face Procedures
Adults who want to correct their misshapen ears may opt for traditional or non-surgical otoplasty surgery.
1. Traditional Otoplasty
Your surgeon will make a small incision behind the ear to address your cosmetic goals and enhance your facial features. Ear reconstruction is done using local anesthetic. Traditional otoplasty may also consist of cartilage removal, stitches, and a small scar that will likely fade with time.
- Length of procedure: May take one to two hours to complete
- Ideal candidate: Healthy individuals
2. Non-Surgical Otoplasty
With this procedure, cosmetic surgeons will increase cartilage flexibility with a needle and implement stitches to correct the ear. This option is popular due to the faster recovery time and decreased likelihood of complications.
- Length of procedure: Up to one hour
- Ideal candidate: Individuals who don’t need cartilage removed from the concha
What to Expect After Surgery
Immediately following the procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will apply bandages to your ears. This covering may remain on your ears for up to a week. After the allotted time, your doctor may recommend a protective ear covering to reduce discomfort and protect your ears when sleeping.
During your recovery, you may experience:
- Numbness (up to 3 days after surgery)
- Tingling(up to 5 days after surgery)
- Swelling & Soreness (up to 10 days after surgery)
- Bruising (up to 14 days after surgery)
How Do I Care for Myself After Surgery?
Otoplasty recovery is easy and simple. To ensure timely recovery, keep your ears dry and clean. Your surgeon will give detailed post-operation recovery care instructions, including prescription pain-relievers.
To decrease swelling and redness, apply a cold compress or ice pack around the affected area.
Complete recovery time will take up to six weeks. However, scarring will continue to heal several months after your original procedure.
Listed below are a few recommended timelines for resuming normal activities:
One to two weeks:
- Return to work
- Wash hair
One month +
- Wear on-ear headphones
- Contact sports
Otoplasty can produce immediate results which can be seen after dressings are removed. Scars from the procedure will be hidden behind the ears, making them invisible to others.
Dr. Mazaheri performs otoplasty with the goal of increasing patients’ self-esteem, confidence, and creating better facial harmony.
Correct Abnormal Ears with Dr. Mazaheri
If you are unhappy with the look or shape of your ears, you can make a permanent change. Dr. Mazaheri is an experienced surgeon that can help you achieve your desired look. He is regarded among the most popular and professional cosmetic surgeons in the country. Discover why patients trust Dr. Mazaheri for otoplasty and other facial or body reconstruction procedures. If you’re ready to restore your facial appearance with Dr. Mazaheri, contact us today.
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