Reasons for Cosmetic Ear Surgery
By Sheryl Pilcher on February 11, 2013
For most people, the ears are not something to take notice of, they are just simply there. Unfortunately, for some patients the ears are a constant source of embarrassment. It is common for children, teens, and even adults with ears that protrude or are disproportionally large to suffer from feelings of self-consciousness, embarrassment, and even anxiety. Sadly, many patients are subjected to teasing and bullying because of ears that are disproportionate with the rest of the face. While we cannot control the behavior of others, we can address the cosmetic issues that cause patients to feel unhappy with their physical appearance. San Antonio plastic surgery patients who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their ears may benefit from otoplasty.
Reasons for Cosmetic Ear Surgery
Otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery, is a surgical procedure performed to change the position, shape, or size of the ears. A benefit of cosmetic ear surgery is that it may be performed on patients as soon as their ears have reached their full size, which typically occurs after the age of four or five. The most important reason a person undergoes cosmetic ear surgery is to feel happy with his or her appearance. San Antonio otoplasty patients often express a boost in self-confidence after undergoing the procedure. The results achieved through otoplasty can help restore a patient’s self-confidence. Otoplasty may be performed to address many cosmetic issues, including:
- Protruding ears
- Enlarged ears
- Ears that appear to be too small
- Drooping ears
- Cupped ears
- Ear deformities
- Ears affected by trauma
- Cauliflower ears
Cosmetic Ear Surgery
San Antonio facial plastic surgery patients undergoing otoplasty should expect the procedure to last one to three hours. Cosmetic ear surgery may be performed under local or general anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure. Depending on the type of correction needed, the incisions may be made on the back of the ears or within the inner creases of the ears. Your individual needs will determine the cosmetic ear surgery technique best suited to your unique contours. During otoplasty surgery, excess cartilage and skin will be removed to achieve the desired shape and structure of the ear. Once the desired shape of the ear has been achieved, the incisions are sutured closed. Sutures help ensure that the new shape and position of the ears are maintained.
To ensure optimal results and to help prevent infection, patients should carefully follow any and all post-operative instructions. We will discuss in detail all aftercare instructions during your surgical consultation. Typically, patients should expect to recover at home for five to seven days after undergoing otoplasty surgery. Immediately after the procedure, the ears will be covered in bandages. These bandages are there to help support and protect the ears. It is important not to put pressure on the ears during the recovery period. Patients should avoid sleeping on their sides. To help with any discomfort that may result after surgery, patients will be prescribed pain medication. It is common for patients to experience mild discomfort and itchiness after undergoing otoplasty surgery. After the surgical bandages have been removed, patients will be given a loose headband that is to be worn when sleeping for the first two to six weeks after surgery. Most patients find the otoplasty recovery period to be relatively easy.
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To learn more about cosmetic ear surgery, please contact Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A., today.
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