For many people, the embarrassment of having awkward looking ears that poke
outward can result in a loss of confidence in professional and social
situations. However, with today's advances in Ear Surgery, or Otoplasty, plastic
surgeons can produce dramatic improvements in the appearance of your ears in
just a few short hours.
Many people feel embarrassed about their ears because they believe they are too
large. However, in most situations the problem actually is just a matter of the
ears sticking out. This problem usually can be solved through surgical
techniques that simply pin your ears closer to your head.
The average person's ears are fully grown by the time they are four, so ear
surgery is ideal for children who may encounter teasing from other kids as they
begin their socialization process. In fact, most ear surgeries are performed on
children ages 4 to 14. Ear surgery can as easily be performed on mature men and
women, and having the surgery at an older age poses no additional risks.
Otoplasty is an operation which is done to improve the appearance of the ears.
It is most commonly done for protruding ears, often called "lop" ears or "cup"
ears. The condition is often quite troubling to children who often take a great
deal of kidding from their peers.
The operation is usually done during childhood, and this is ideal since the
cartilage is still quite soft and malleable. We generally recommend that the
procedure be done shortly before the child enters school. Adults also request
this type of surgery having been denied the opportunity to have the deformity
corrected during childhood. In these cases, the technique may be modified
slightly to allow for softening of the cartilage in addition to reshaping.
The otoplasty operation consists of reshaping the cartilage of the ear,
occasionally removing some cartilage, and placement of the ears in proper
relationship to the face and head. It produces generally good cosmetic results.
Even when results are occasionally imperfect, it is usually possible to make
The operation is carried out under either local or general anesthesia depending
on the age and preference of the patient. There is relatively little pain
associated with otoplasty and recovery is rapid. The incisions are made behind
the ear where they are not noticeable. Absorbable sutures are used, making
suture removal unnecessary.
A wraparound bandage is worn for a few days to protect the ears, and is worn at
night until healing is complete. Most adult patients can return to work within a
few days of surgery and children can return to school within a week. Trauma to
the ears must be avoided for several weeks until healing is complete, and so a
protective wrap is advisable during vigorous activity for at least three weeks.
Complications are uncommon. The major risk is postoperative bleeding. If this
occurs, prompt treatment is required to prevent infection or abnormal scarring
which can lead to thickening of the ear. Absolute symmetry of the ears is a goal
that is rarely achieved. However, it is natural for the two ears to be slightly
different in shape or position. Occasionally, after healing, the position of the
ear can change, although the results of surgery are usually permanent.
If you would like more information about Ear surgery in Lebanon / Otoplasty, please either call or
email our office.
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