Otoplasty procedure, commonly known as ear surgery, is a procedure designed to correct and reshape the size of the ear, earlobes, and shell of the ear. This procedure can improve the size and appearance of the ears to help balance facial features.
EAR SURGERY IS POPULAR AMONG CHILDREN
Otoplasty procedure is usually performed on children between the ages of 4 to 14. That is because some children are born with protruding ears, abnormally large ears, or are born with a deformity where the ear did not fully form. When a child reaches the age of four, their eyes are fully developed and having the procedure done early is at a great advantage because:
- Cartilage is extremely flexible making easier to shape the ear.
- Your child can avoid any psychological distress and/or teasing.
ABOUT OTOPLASTY PROCEDURE
An incision is made in the natural fold of the ear; all incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize the appearance of scars. Dr. Talebzadeh will then remove the excess cartilage and skin and close the incision. The procedure may take a few hours, however most patients are able to go home the same day. Otoplasty procedure largely depends on the necessary corrections needed and the age of the patient, incision placement will be discussed during your consultation in our San Diego/Chula Vista office.
After the procedure, the head is wrapped in surgical bandages to protect and maintain the new position of the ears. Bandages will be replaced with new ones during your first post-op appointment. For younger patients, special care must be given for the first few weeks to protect the ears. Adult patients can typically return to day-to-day activities within three days after surgery. Most patients will experience temporary headaches, swelling, and discomfort but proper medications will help relieve some of the discomfort.
COSMETIC EAR SURGERY
To learn more about ear surgery and whether it is the right decision for you or your child, contact Eastlake Cosmetic Surgery today. Dr. Talebzadeh can provide you with all the information you need for your surgery.