Ears which stick protrude, are asymmetrical, or too large for the size and shape of the face, are the source of embarrassment for adults and children. Otoplasty ear surgery, however, can resolve these issues in children as young as five and adults of any age.
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What is Otoplasty Ear Surgery?
Otoplasty is aesthetic surgery which reshapes the ear while reducing its overall size and correcting asymmetry.
Dr. Slupchynskyj begins otoplasty with an incision behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear meets the scalp. Depending on the type and severity of the aesthetic issues, Dr. Slupchynskyj will trim and shape cartilage and skin to achieve an optimal result. To decrease protrusion, the cartilage is pinned back permanent sutures, securing the ear in the desired position.
For patients who have long felt self-conscious about the size and prominence of their ears, otoplasty provides many benefits, including:
- Safety and effectiveness
- Results that last a lifetime
- Improved facial harmony
- Balance facial features in conjunction with additional treatment, such as rhinoplasty, cheek augmentation, chin Augmentation, eyelid lift and mini facelifts.
What to Expect with Otoplasty
Realistic expectations and being in good general health are necessary for any successful result in cosmetic surgery. With a young child or adolescent patient, a positive attitude is paramount from the parents helps the child comfortably complete treatment.
During an otoplasty consultation, Dr. Slupchynskyj will closely examine your ear structure, symmetry, and describe which technique he believes will address your concerns. Associated risks with otoplasty are part of the discussion during your consultation.
Dr. Slupchynskyj performs otoplasty as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia and light sedation. In some cases, sedation may not be required. Results are immediate. You may experience some swelling and bruising, which is normal and will subside in a matter of days.
You will go home with a soft dressing or turban-type bandage about your head, worn to cover and protect your ears after surgery. After removal of the bandage, you may wear a headband pulled down over your ears while sleeping for a couple of weeks for continued protection.
Otoplasty Risks and Recovery
Otoplasty does not alter the patient’s ability to hear. Dr. Slupchynskyj will advise you to avoid any strenuous activity, which includes but is not limited to lifting, straining, and bending until he is confident healing is complete. Dr. Slupchynskyj will also advise when you can return to normal activity, which is within two weeks after surgery for most patients.
Most patients return to school or work within three to five days. Incisions, located behind each ear, are not visible and are placed in a natural crease.
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Who are suitable candidates for otoplasty?
Patients who are healthy and want to improve their appearance by correcting misshapen or prominent ears are optimal candidates for otoplasty. Patients five years of age and older can benefit from otoplasty to reduce emotional and psychological discomfort caused by overly large ears.
What happens during your ear pinning consultation?
Dr. Slupchynskyj will discuss the concerns you have and what result you wish to achieve. Afterward, he will examine your ears and conduct a thorough medical history review. You and Dr. Slupchynskyj will discuss what options are available to you or your child.
During the otoplasty consultation, you will have an opportunity to ask questions and state your concerns.
What risks are associated with otoplasty?
With all surgery there are risks, and otoplasty is no different. These risks include infection, scarring, blood clots, and adverse reaction to anesthesia. Potential complications are why it is important to find a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery.