It is not a secret that oversized or protruding ears are a source of embarrassment and ridicule, especially for young children. If you or your child has this problem, otoplasty can be the right option to end the struggle and bring back harmony to facial appearance.
Otoplasty, also known as cosmetic ear surgery or ear reshaping, is a surgical procedure to reshape or resize the ears by using permanent sutures.
The surgery targets the outer ear or the auricle. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, around 23,000 ear reshaping procedures were performed in the United States in 2018.
Otoplasty has a variety of types, including ear augmentation, ear pinning, and ear reduction. Based on your needs, your surgeon will pick the right type for you.
Otoplasty brings more balance and proportion to your ears and face. In sum, you will gain the following benefits if you decide to undergo this surgery:
Furthermore, children must be 5 years old or older and their ears should be fully developed by almost 90% to be eligible for otoplasty; otherwise, doctors may refuse to perform otoplasty or suggest, instead, other alternative solutions for children.
Surgeons usually perform otoplasty in outpatient facilities. Depending on the nature and complexity of the surgery, it may take between 1 to 3 hours. The steps of the surgery include:
Both adults and older kids can receive a local anesthetic along with a sedative to prevent pain and discomfort. However, general anesthesia is the right option for many cases, especially for younger children.
The length and nature of the surgical incision depend on the type of otoplasty you’re having. In general, otoplasty entails making an incision either inside the ear folds or on the back of the ear.
Next, your surgeon starts removing some cartilage or skin and contouring the remaining cartilage by using permanent sutures. Sometimes, surgeons need to graft more cartilage to the ear.
Finally, your surgeon seals the wounds with stitches and wraps a bandage around your head.
Otoplasty is generally a safe procedure, and most patients get the results they want. However, like any other surgery, ear reshaping carries potential risks and side effects, such as:
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Both general and local anesthesia will prevent pain during surgery. You may feel a little tired afterward, but your doctor should prescribe some pain medication anyway.
– Ear pain
– Skin redness
– Scars behind or inside the ears
– Numbness or tingling
Otoplasty is safe as long it is performed by an experienced surgeon.
Otoplasty is an effective way to improve the shape or size of the ears. The results do not change with time.
Modifying the ear shape without surgical intervention is possible. This may happen by using an ear splint, which is suitable for newborns up to 6 months only.
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