Ear correction surgery is a viable option for anyone looking to improve the appearance of the ears. Adults and children alike can suffer from low confidence and body image issues as a result of visibly abnormal ears. Luckily, cosmetic surgery can be performed to correct any number of flaws, reshaping the ears into a more natural appearance and improving a patient’s quality of life.
What Issues Can Ear Surgery Treat?
Ear correction surgery, which is also known as Otoplasty, can be used to treat several ear abnormalities that concern the size, shape and contours of the ear. These issues can include but are not limited to:
- injuries like crushed cartilage and tears where reconstructive is surgery is necessary;
- ears that are too large or too small;
- skin deformities;
- ears that stick out from the head which can be corrected via pinning;
- stretched or wrinkled earlobes.
What Does Ear Correction Surgery Involve?
Ear correction surgery is a form of cosmetic surgery that deals with reshaping the ears. Each otoplasty procedure is designed by surgeons to correct the specific issues ailing a patient. There is no single standard procedure, but every ear surgery will likely involve incisions to access cartilage and reshaping or removal of cartilage.
To begin the process patients meet with the surgeon for examination and to_discuss the surgical options and realistic expectations of the results. Between the date of the surgery and the first consultation, patients are given time to fully consider the risks and potential benefits of the procedure. On the day of the surgery patients are expected to limited eating and drinking due the administering of local or general anesthesia during surgery, to dress comfortably and to make sure hair surrounding the ears is pinned back. Typically, otoplastsy surgeries can last anywhere from one hour to three or four.
After the surgery, patients may experience nausea, pain, numbness and swelling which are all to be expected. Patients should arrange for time off from work or school during the first week of the recovery period which in total should last around six weeks. During this time activities that pose a risk to the healing process, like sports or intensive exercise, should be avoided.
Otoplasty is classified as a minimal risk cosmetic surgery. The physical and psychological benefits make it a worthwhile corrective procedure, particularly for children who may suffer from mental trauma due to bullying and low self-esteem related to ear abnormalities.