While plastic surgery is most often associated with procedures like facelifts and breast augmentation, there are a number of additional procedures that can have a positive impact on your appearance. One such procedure is otoplasty, a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of a patient’s ears. Take a closer look at this procedure and the many benefits it can have.
- What is otoplasty? Otoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to address concerns about the size or shape of one’s ears. This procedure serves two primary functions; reducing the size of overly large ears and moving ears that are too prominent closer to the head.
- How is it performed? Otoplasty is typically performed on an outpatient basis and lasts for roughly two hours. Your surgeon will begin by creating a small incision behind the ear, then bending and sculpting cartilage to match your desired appearance.
- Am I a candidate? If you’re in good general health but are unhappy with the appearance of your ears, you may be a suitable candidate for this procedure. Patients seek out otoplasty to address a number of different concerns, including cupped ear, large or protruding ears, lop ear, torn or stretched earlobes and more.
- What is the recovery period like? Following this procedure, your surgeon will use sutures to help keep the ear in position until it is healed. After a few days, your bandages will be removed. Stitches will dissolve on their own within 2 weeks, and most patients are able to return to their daily activities at this time.
- Are there any complications? As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential complications that may arise. However, these are rare and typically minor. Complications can often be avoided by closely following your doctor’s postoperative instructions.