Otoplasty is commonly referred to as ear surgery. The surgery is performed to improve the proportion, position or shape of the ear. Sometimes, the procedure is performed to correct an ear structure defect that was there at birth but did not become apparent until the ear further developed. This procedure is also effective when it comes to treating an ear that has become misshapen due to an injury or bringing proportion and balance to both the ears and face while creating a natural shape. Even if the deformity corrected is relatively minor, the benefits for both self-esteem and appearance can be significant. This surgery is effective for adults and children with disfigured or protruding ears.
If you desire a different appearance for the structure of your ear or are concerned about your appearance because your ears protrude or are overly large, this surgery may be your ideal option. The procedure can treat:
• An ear condition called macrotia or overly large ears
• Dissatisfaction by an adult from a previous ear surgery
• Various degrees of protruding ears on both or only one side without any hearing loss
Children who are good candidates for this procedure are:
• Healthy with no history of chronic ear infections (treated or untreated) or a life-threatening illness
• Able to explain how they feel about their ears with no objections to having an otoplasty procedure
• Either five years old or above with their ear cartilage stable enough to have this procedure
• Able to follow instructions regarding aftercare
Adults and teenagers who are good candidates for this procedure are:
• Individuals with specific goals for ear surgery, a positive outlook and realistic expectations
• Healthy with no medical issues that may impair their hearing or life-threatening diseases
Having ear surgery is an extremely personal decision. You should only have this procedure if it is something you truly want. You should never have any treatment because it is what someone else wants you to do or because you believe the surgery will enable you to fit into a specific image. There are multiple reasons for considering having this surgery. The first is if you or your child were born with ears that protrude or if your ears began to stick out as you got older. The prominence of your ears may not have been noticeable until your ears were fully developed. This generally happens at about the age of five or six. If your ears did not become prominent until you were fully grown, ear pinning may be the solution. This procedure will flatten the ears against the head and is commonly performed on kids.
Another reason is if your ears are not in proportion to the other features of your face. Even if your ears are not overly large, they may stand out in comparison to your other facial features. In some cases, the ears may not be asymmetrical or one ear may sit right on the head. Both or one ear can be repositioned to restore symmetry and create balance during this procedure.
Yet another reason is if you have been injured in the past. This may have been the cause of prominent or asymmetrical ears as well as emotional suffering. Numerous individuals have this surgery as an adult because they are simply unhappy with the appearance of their ears. No matter what your reasons are for having this surgery, it’s good to know the satisfaction rate of previous patients is exceptionally high.
The Procedure for Otoplasty
There are different types of otoplasty. Ear augmentation is performed when the pinna is either underdeveloped or is non-existant. Another type of procedure is performed when the ears are protruding. An ear reduction is recommended when the pinna is too big. This procedure is beneficial for repositioning and reshaping the ears so they become more proportional to the face. The surgery can eliminate the negative emotional impact of being teased and bullied as a child and enhance your level of confidence.
This surgical procedure can reshape your outer ears. It is most often performed for correcting a deformity or making the ear look more appealing. This is the reason this surgery has been categorized as both a cosmetic and reconstructive procedure. A good example of a cosmetic procedure is when prominent ears are pinned back. An example of a reconstructive procedure is when an ear has been injured and the outer ear needs to be built back up.
In many cases, this procedure is performed on children. This does not mean otoplasty is not appropriate for adults. Many adults have had this surgery later in their lives. It is important to know protruding ears are often genetic. This means they can run in families. Protruding ears can also occur for no reason at all, but they will not affect your hearing in any way.
The only way your surgery will be safe and effective is if you are completely honest with the surgeon during your initial consultation. You will be asked numerous questions about your lifestyle, goals and health. You need to answer all of the questions honestly. Some of the questions you will most likely be asked during your consultation include:
• Which medications, supplements and vitamins are you currently taking?
• Do you use tobacco, alcohol or drugs?
• What are your expectations and desired outcome for the surgery?
• Have you had surgery or any medical treatments in the past?
• Do you have any drug allergies or planned medical treatments?
The surgeon may also:
• Talk about your options and recommend the best treatment for your needs
• Take photos to include in your medical record
• Discuss the most likely outcome of your procedure
• Evaluate the status of your overall health, any risk factors and all pre-existing medical conditions
Understanding exactly what will happen during your ear surgery is very important. Being nervous about having surgery is natural. You may also be anticipating the way you are going to look, be excited or experiencing a little uncertainty. It’s okay to tell our surgeon about how you are feeling, as we are here to help. Your safety and comfort will be attended to by the assisting staff and the surgeon throughout the entire procedure.
You will need to take certain steps to prepare for your ear surgery. This may include:
• Adjusting your current medications or taking new medications
• Having a medical evaluation or obtaining testing from a lab
• Quitting smoking well in advance of the procedure
• Stopping the use of Aspirin, herbal supplements and specific anti-inflammatory drugs
You will be given special instructions regarding what to do on the day of your surgery, the anesthesia being used during your surgery, your post-operative care and where your surgery will take place.
The exact details of each surgery vary from patient to patient. The first step is the anesthesia. This will keep you comfortable while your surgery is taking place. There are different types of anesthesia. The surgeon will recommend the best one for your needs prior to your procedure.
During the actual procedure, surgical techniques may be used to correct protruding ears by increasing or creating the antihelical fold. This is the inside of your ear’s rim. Your enlarged conchal cartilage may be reduced. This is your inner ear’s deepest and largest concavity.
Your results from this procedure will be visible almost immediately. There are dressings placed to support the shape of your ear while you are healing. Once these have been removed, you will see your results. Your ears will be positioned permanently closer to your head, if that’s why you had the procedure done. You will be provided with detailed instructions so you will know how to take care of your ears and avoid any issues during the healing phase. You will be instructed what medications you need to take to aid your healing process. You will be told when to follow-up with the surgeon.
Following the instructions from the surgeon is incredibly important for your surgery to be a success. Having follow-up visits with the surgeon is just as important as following the instructions.
The Benefits of Otoplasty
This procedure corrects numerous issues. The reason this surgery is performed is for the correction of specific issues from a cosmetic perspective. Reconstructive and cosmetic surgery is used for the treatment of numerous deformities including very large or small ears and cauliflower, cupped, folded and protruding ears.
This procedure is one of the safest types of surgery performed in the medical sector all over the world. Due to the congenital nature often resulting in issues with the shape or size of the ears, a lot of children have this procedure when they are still fairly young. For adults, this procedure provides a much more professional business appearance. Many adults are extremely conscious of their appearance. This is one of the reasons this procedure has become so popular.
This procedure typically boosts self-confidence. There are a lot of people with damaged or irregularly shaped ears being unfairly discriminated against and subjected to social ridicule. Younger children and adults alike are stared at and teased every day. Other children taunt kids and bully them frequently due to the shape and size of their ears. According to studies, individuals with ears that look unusual have less confidence and self-esteem. Fortunately, this procedure can permanently correct these issues to restore both confidence and self-esteem.
Otoplasty may be just what you have been looking for to finally look and feel your best. To see if this surgery can benefit you, book an appointment at The Ferguson Clinic in Honolulu, HI. Let us evaluate your case and come up with a plan of action for you. Contact us today to set up your consultation!