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Otoplasty – Ear Reshaping Surgery
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About The Procedure
Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. This is often performed on children after the age of four; however, many adults opt to have ear surgery to rectify life-long concerns and improve self-image.
Recovery After Otoplasty
In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade with time. Even when only one ear appears to protrude, surgery is usually performed on both ears for a better balance. Stitches are usually removed, or will dissolve, in about a week.
Any activity in which the ear might be bent should be avoided for a month or so. Most adults can go back to work about five days after surgery. Children can go back to school after seven days or so, if they’re careful about playground activity.
Most patients, young and old alike, are thrilled with the results of ear surgery. Though no surgery can predict perfect symmetry (and no person is perfectly symmetrical), once you have discussed the procedure and your expectations with Dr. Darryl Hodgkinson before the operation, chances are that in his expert hands you’ll be quite pleased with the result.
What Is A Good Age To Have My Child’s Ears Pinned Back?
Bat ears or very protuberant ears usually cause parents concern when the child is attending pre-school or kindergarten. Unkind comments from other children may prompt parents to seek advice from a plastic surgeon. At least 80 per cent of the ears’ growth is complete by the age of six so the operation can be done any time after this. The ears protrude because of their shape and their projection from the side of the head. Both issues must be dealt with individually in each patient. The procedure to “pin” the ears back is carried out under a general anaesthetic. During the teenage years the procedure can be done under sedation and local anaesthesia only.
Before and After Otoplasty, Ear Reshaping Surgery by Dr Hodgkinson
What Can I Do About My Ears Sticking Out?
The procedure is the same as if done when a child except it will be done under a light anaesthetic and sedation. Because an adult’s ears are stiffer than a child’s there may be more initial post-operative pain related to the increased tension on the internal stitches. But the result is the same—a flatter ear and a more attractive overall facial appearance. Some women have an otoplasty at 40 to 50 during their first facelift.
Before and After Ear Reshaping Surgery by Dr Hodgkinson