At the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery, we love ear surgery! The procedure, also known as otoplasty, reduces the prominence of the ears by pinning them closer to the back of the head.
We love this procedure because it helps our patients feel more confident about their appearance. After reading this article, we believe you’ll love it as much as we do.
What the Surgeon Does During the Procedure
During ear surgery, the surgeon makes an incision just behind the ear, in the fold where the ear is attached to the head. Then, he or she will remove cartilage and skin as required for the ear to lay closer to the head. Sometimes, the surgeon will trim the cartilage into a more attractive shape. Next, he or she will pin the cartilage back with permanent sutures.
In some cases, the surgeon won’t remove cartilage at all. Rather, he or she will use stitches to hold the cartilage in place permanently. The surgeon sculpts the cartilage and applies sutures to the ear. Sutures hold the ear in place so it will lie in the proper position.
What to Expect Post-Op
After the surgery, the surgeon will apply soft dressings to the site of the incision. Most patients experience mild discomfort, which pain relievers will alleviate. If you’re used to sleeping on your side, you’ll have to change positions for a week or perhaps slightly longer; you won’t be able to put pressure on your ears. Sometimes, the doctor will recommend a patient wear a headband to keep his or her ears in place.
What are the Risks?
Otoplasty doesn’t carry many risks. Patients have a very low chance of contracting a rare infection. Furthermore, the incision could heal poorly. There’s also the possibility that the ears could return to their previous position.
A thin white scar will appear at the site of the incision. Because the incision is behind the ear, it won’t be visible.
What are the risks of not getting the surgery done? You’ll continue to feel that your ears are out of proportion to your head, which might result in a poor self-image and low self esteem.
The Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery: Your Ear Surgery Experts
Dr. Kenneth Dickie has over 20 years of experience in the field of plastic surgery. If you have ever felt self-conscious about the appearance of your ears, call the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery today at 1-855-726-2800.
Dr. Dickie will discuss how this surgery can enhance your appearance and self-confidence.