Prominent ears can often be a source for self-consciousness and there are many surgical ways to resolve this issue, of which the most popular method is Otoplasty. This specific technique utilized depends upon the specific problems pertaining to the ears. Often, some cartilage is removed from an incision created on the back side of the ear.
Removal of this cartilage that pushes the ear out from the head doesn’t result in any change to the intrinsic shape of the ear but rather just the position of it. When the shape of the cartilage requires alteration then various techniques can be employed to achieve a specific goal.
The most common shape-changing maneuver utilizes sutures to bend the cartilage and create a more developed anti-helical fold. Sometimes the lobule (lobe) must also be brought in or reduced in size and this can be achieved with the help of Otoplasty performed by me in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.
About Otoplasty surgery
Surgery to change the shape of the ears (Otoplasty) is commonly performed on young children prior to their beginning school in order to prevent ridicule from other youngsters. Otoplasty is also done in my practice simultaneously with facelifts as I will already be there’ and people notice their ears becoming more notable with advancing age. The incision is extremely innocuous and the results are generally quite gratifying for the patient.
The usual course of Otoplasty involves some pain for 1-2 days and associated swelling of the skin around the ear with some red or bluish discoloration that subsides within a week. The patient is advised to wear a headband at night for the first three weeks but can usually return to their social life within days of the surgery.
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FAQs about Otoplasty
What is otoplasty?
Otoplasty, sometimes referred to as ear pinning, is a surgical procedure designed to address prominent ears. Ears that are too large or protrude can be the cause of self consciousness and embarrassment, especially in children. During otoplasty, the ears may be pinned back or cartilage can be removed to help the ears lie closer to the head. The size of the ears can also be altered if that is an issue.
Am I a good candidate for otoplasty?
If you are in good health, without a lift-threatening illness, you may be a candidate for otoplasty. Adults must be non-smokers and have realistic expectations for the outcome of surgery. Children must be able to cooperate and follow instructions. This is important for both surgery and recovery. They also need to be able to communicate their feelings, be able to describe if something hurts or not, and not object to the procedure.
Are there age restrictions associated with otoplasty?
Otoplasty is commonly performed on small children. Patients must be at least 5 years old, at which point the ears have fully developed. Performing the surgery prior to starting school can benefit children with prominent ears by eliminating the source of teasing from others. Another benefit at this age is that the cartilage is more pliable and easier to work with. Many adults also elect to have otoplasty later on in life in combination with facelifts when their ears become more noticeable.
What can I expect during an otoplasty consultation?
During your consultation you will need to disclose your medical history, such as previous and existing conditions, drug allergies, medications you are taking, and prior surgeries. The doctor will want to discuss what you are hoping to achieve through otoplasty. He will examine the ears and evaluate your viability as an otoplasty candidate. Options for surgical techniques will be discussed, as will other factors associated with the procedure, such as instructions for before and after surgery and risks.