Nothing can bring you more embarrassment that protruding or oversized ears. Children and adults alike suffer from the negative effects of ear shape abnormalities. With medical technology and cosmetic procedures advancing every day, otoplasty – or ear surgery- can correct unusually oversized ears and ear lobes, as well as lop ear and shell ear which are problems with the shape of the ear. There is no reason to live in shame over your misshapen ears- otoplasty can help everyone, young and old.
Candidates /Motivation for Procedure
With bullying on the rise, and people becoming more self-conscious about their imperfections, it is becoming more and more common for people with ear shape abnormalities to seek out cosmetic procedures to correct these imperfections. Patients of all ages have experienced the benefits of otoplasty, and those who are healthy, aware of the side effects, and have realistic expectations are the ones who experience the most successful results. Otoplasty can be performed on adults, as well as children, and can repair a number of ear deformities.
Depending on your ears imperfections and abnormalities, different ear procedures are available for cosmetic improvements:
By cutting out the main structural component of the cartilage, the ear can be reshaped and the overall size can be reduced. This is a necessary procedure in those who have very large ears and are looking for dramatic results.
Instead of cutting out the cartilage, the material of your ear can be folded and stitched to create a new shape without the removal of any ear components. This procedure is less invasive, and most patients who choose this method like the more rapid recovery time.
Both procedures involve small incisions behind your ear, and are very rarely visible. Stiches are put in place to insure the ear heals properly.
When electing to partake in a cosmetic procedure or surgery, risks and side effects are an important thing to consider. With otoplasty or other ear surgeries, complications can include infection and blot clots. Scarring will happen at the incision site, but they will more than likely fade over time. Bandages and dressings may need to be worn up to 3 days after your surgery, and careful attention to your healing will help reduce any of the risks associated with the surgery.
Recovery time for otoplasty and surgery of the ear vary from patient to patient. Head dressings and bandages will need to be worn until stitches are ready to be removed, but most people can return to work, school, and every day activities well before this. Most patients are extremely happy with the speed of their recovery time, and the scarring is discrete enough to show a dramatic improvement without making their surgery obvious.