Cosmetic ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to reshape the appearance of the ears.
Children with congenital ear deformities may undergo this procedure to avoid teasing or self-consciousness, while adults may seek otoplasty to improve the appearance of their ears. Dr. Barnsley performs ear reshaping surgery on both children and adults.
What can ear surgery correct?
The typical ear surgery involves correcting ears that stick out in order to reduce their projection, also known as “ear pinning”. However, this procedure can be used to address various other concerns, including:
- Asymmetrical/uneven ears,
- Misshapen cartilage or earlobe,
- Large or deformed earlobes.
The results of otoplasty are usually visible immediately after the procedure, although it may take several weeks for swelling and bruising to fully subside. The final results of the surgery will become apparent as the ears fully heal and take their new shape.
Questions & Answers
Is ear reshaping surgery painful?
Most patients experience only mild discomfort after ear reshaping surgery. Pain medication can be prescribed to help manage any discomfort.
How long does it take to recover from ear reshaping surgery?
The recovery period for ear reshaping surgery typically lasts about one to two weeks. During this time, patients may experience some swelling and bruising, but these side effects typically subside within a few days.
Will there be visible scars after the procedure?
Ear reshaping surgery is typically performed using incisions that are made behind the ear or within the natural folds of the ear, which helps to minimize visible scarring. Any scars that do form are typically well-concealed and fade over time.
When can I return to work or school after ear reshaping surgery?
Most patients can return to work or school within one week after ear reshaping surgery, as long as there are no complications or concerns. However, patients should avoid activities that may put strain on the ears for at least four weeks after the procedure.
Will it improve my hearing?
No, otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is designed to improve the appearance of the outer ears by reshaping, resizing, or repositioning them. It does not have any direct impact on the hearing or ability to hear.
Are results permanent?
Yes, otoplasty results are permanent. The surgery permanently reshapes the ear cartilage and repositions the ears closer to the head, which means the new shape and position of the ears should last a lifetime.