Many people, starting from a young age, are unhappy with the overall size or shape of their ears. Some ears protrude more than they should or are asymmetrical. Unfortunately, this may cause some children to be teased or some adults to hide these insecurities under hats or hair. Fortunately, an otoplasty, or corrective ear surgery, can have a positive impact on a person’s image, confidence and their overall quality of life.
What is Otoplasty?
An otoplasty procedure, commonly known as ear surgery, is designed to correct and reshape the size of the ear, earlobes, and shell of the ear. This procedure can significantly reduce the size of ears and change the appearance which will improve the symmetry of your facial features. Patients who are displeased with the shape, size or positioning of their ears can change their appearance through this cosmetic surgery.
Ear Surgery Candidates
Hiding under hats and hair are only temporary fixes to a more serious and uncomfortable issue. Ears are not easy to hide as they are such a prominent body feature. Being self-conscious of your ears can cause unbearable levels of distress and discomfort. This is why an otoplasty is such a popular procedure among many people. Candidates for a corrective ear surgery include but are not limited to the following:
- Children who are teased by classmates for the appearance of their ears
- Children who are born with deformities, abnormally large ears, or protruding ears
- Adults who tired of being self-conscious about their ears
- People who have suffered ear trauma
Ear Surgery is Popular Among Children
Some children are born with protruding ears, abnormally large ears, or are born with a deformity that left their ears undeveloped. An otoplasty procedure is typically performed on children between the ages of 4 to 14. Having the procedure done at an early age has many advantages that include:
- Extremely flexible cartilage which makes it easier to shape the ear
- Your child can avoid any psychological distress and teasing
About Otoplasty Procedure
After thoroughly researching the procedure and finding a qualified surgeon, potential patients will have apreliminary consultation. The surgeon will examine the patient’s ears and determine if otoplasty is the best procedure for the patient.If otoplasty is in the best interest of the patient, the doctor will discuss the surgery in detail. During the procedure, an incision is made in the natural fold of the ear. All incisions are made in areas to minimize the appearance of scars. The procedure may take a few hours but most patients are able to go home the same day. An otoplasty procedure depends on the necessary corrections needed as well as the age of the patient. The initial consultation is a good time for patients to inquire about the benefits of undergoing a corrective ear surgery as well as any other questions they may have.
After the surgery, the head will be 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 their daily 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. Always follow your surgeon’s instructions that are given to you immediately after the procedure.
Eastlake Cosmetic Surgery
At Eastlake Cosmetic Surgery, we provide a wide variety of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery enhancements. Only our board certified plastic surgeon is counted on to perform these procedures at our nationally credited facility. We assure you that you are only dealing with a high level of expertise from a well-respected plastic surgeon in San Diego/Chula Vista. At Dr. Talebzadeh’s state of the art facility, he has the tools required to perform invasive as well as minimally invasive surgery to provide you with the ideal look for your face, skin, body and soul. To learn more about ear surgery and whether it is the right decision for you or your child, contact us today. Dr. Talebzadeh can provide you with all the information you need for your surgery.