Of the popular features on the face, ears are probably the last resort when it comes to compliments. However, you may be wearing a fancy earring someday that catches someone’s eye but aside from that, ears go pretty unnoticed. When you’re looking at someone, the ears shouldn’t be noticed. They should blend in with the rest of the facial profile but for some, the ears stick out. Affecting the individual’s self confidence, more prominent ears can be the first feature someone notices and with that, an Otoplasty is an option. Otoplasty is also known as ear surgery and the purpose of an Otoplasty is to improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. It brings more proportion to the face and helps decrease the protrusion of the ears as well as give the ears a more natural looking appearance.
Like any procedure or surgery, risks are almost always a possibility. Even though the Otoplasty has to do with the ear, a number of possible complications should be discussed with you with your full understanding prior to signing the consent. Risks associated with an Otoplasty include but are not limited to:
- Unfavorable Scarring
- Change in skin sensation
Chances are you’ll probably have a few questions or concerns. It’s extremely important to make sure you have a clear understanding of the procedure, the purpose and the risks involved. Your doctor will instruct you on how to care for the incisions as well as signs and symptoms to look for that could be potential complications. Be sure to fully understand their instructions and to follow each order. Being able to follow through with your doctor’s directions can help prevent post surgery complications.
The following are general steps for an Otoplasty surgery. However, your surgeon will use individualized techniques that best suit your case.
Step 1: Anesthesia is given to help comfort you during your surgery
Step 2: Surgical techniques to increase the antihelical fold and to reduce the conchal cartilage are administered in order to reshape the ear. Sometimes incisions are made depending on the case. If so, incisions are made on the back of the ear to promote favorable, non-noticeable scarring.
Step 3: All incisions are closed
The procedure is usually done in a designated outpatient, surgical office. Be sure to schedule a ride to and from the facility to promote safety once your surgery is done.
Being able to see optimal results vary on a case by case basis however, results are noticed immediately due to the decrease in protrusion. If the surgery was a little more extensive, it will take a little more time to see results. Swelling will probably cloud the ultimate result but it should subside within a week or two. It’s important to continue to follow all of your doctors orders for recovery as well as attend all of your follow up appointments.