If you are self-conscious about the size or shape of your ears, an otoplasty procedure could help. At Real Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, Dr. Stephen Salerno performs otoplasty as an option for people who are unhappy with the prominent appearance of their ears because they are too big and stick out or are asymmetrical. To schedule your consultation, contact Real Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery today. We have two locations – Moonee Ponds and Werribee – for your convenience.
What Is An Otoplasty?
An otoplasty is a procedure that helps alter the shape, size and proportion of the ears. There are several problems that can be corrected with an otoplasty. If a person suffers from macrotia, which is a condition where the ears are overly large, then it could be corrected with an otoplasty. This procedure can also pin back protruding ears. Additionally, an otoplasty can correct misshapen ears.
Good Candidates for an Otoplasty
Healthy people who do not have an untreated ear infection are typically considered good candidates for an otoplasty. This procedure is often performed on children who are between the ages of four and 14. However, many adults opt to get this procedure.
What to Expect On the Day of an Otoplasty
An otoplasty typically involves the use of local anesthetic with sedation or general anesthesia. Children are likely to receive general anesthesia, which means they will be asleep during the operation. Patients who will be receiving general anesthesia are advised not to eat the morning or night before the surgery. It is important to wear loose, comfortable clothing on the morning of the procedure.
Adult patients who get this procedure will most likely be able to go home shortly after it is completed. However, children may be required to spend one night in the hospital.
What to Expect After an Otoplasty
The amount of time it takes to recover from an otoplasty can vary from patient to patient. However, most patients are able to recover and return to work or school within one week. The patient’s head will be bandaged after this procedure has been completed. Patients will usually have to wear the headband for three days.
If the procedure required the use of stitches, then they will probably be taken out a week later. It is very important for patients to follow all of the instructions given by their surgeon in order to ensure they have a smooth recovery.
Benefits of an Otoplasty
There are many benefits that can be reaped from getting an otoplasty. This is a very safe procedure, and the chances of suffering serious complications from it are low. An otoplasty can also help enhance a person’s confidence. Many people are bullied because of the way that their ears look. Studies have also shown that children who have aesthetically unusual ears are prone to self-esteem problems. Fortunately, many people feel better about themselves after getting an otoplasty.