Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Achieve balance in your overall aesthetics
When one element of your features is more prominent than others, it can draw unwanted attention. Unusually prominent ears are one such feature which can be a source of embarrassment for people of all ages.
Children can be particularly susceptible to teasing about this feature; many are subjected to cruel nicknames which make the child feel self-conscious and negative about their appearance, and even be the cause of social and academic problems.
Otoplasty, or ear plastic surgery, is a relatively simple procedure which shapes and repositions the ears to be more proportionate with the rest of the facial features. It may be performed on children as young four or five, and is also suitable for adults. Even a subtle change to the shape or position of the ear can produce results which are both dramatic, and life-changing.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu
The results your deserve
There are a number of reasons you may wish to consider undergoing otoplasty. These include:
- Excessively large, or protruding ears
- Ears which are not symmetrical
- Irregularly shaped ears
- Ears which are disproportionate to other facial features
While many patients require surgery for both ears, in some cases it may only be one ear. Dr Paul Gerarchi will tailor your procedure to your unique circumstances and needs, ensuring you achieve the very best outcome.
Meeting your surgeon
During your initial consultation, Dr Gerarchi will complete a detailed assessment of your unique circumstances.
Goals and concerns for the surgery will be discussed at length.
Your otoplasty journey
Otoplasty for adults is usually performed under general anaesthesia, though it may be performed under local anaesthesia with sedation in adults. An inconspicuous incision is made behind the ear, and the ear cartilage is then manipulated to create the desired shape. Permanent sutures are then strategically placed to fold the ear cartilage, making the ears appear closer and more proportionate to the head. The incision will then be closed. The procedure generally takes about 45-60 minutes per ear.
Otoplasty for children
If you are considering otoplasty for your child, Dr Gerarchi will request both parents and the child attend the consultation. This ensures you know exactly what to expect before and after the surgery, and fosters a sense of positivity and comfort about the procedure for your child. It is likely Dr Gerarchi will recommend the surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, as this tends to make the procedure smoother, and more comfortable for children.
Recovering from otoplasty
Following otoplasty surgery, the ears will be dressed and wrapped with a head bandage, This protects the ears, and maintains their position. The bandages will be removed the day after surgery. A sports headband should be worn full-time for one week following the procedure, then at night only for a subsequent six weeks. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how little discomfort they experience following otoplasty, and generally the recovery period is quite comfortable.
Adults and children alike should find they are able to return to regular activities about five days after the procedure. Some patients may experience redness or swelling for a few weeks afterwards, but generally this is not obvious to others. Contact sports and any activity which has the potential to injure the ears should be avoided for two months following the procedure. In order to avoid placing pressure on the ears while they are healing, it is also best to avoid sleeping on your side for the first couple of weeks.
Your post-otoplasty journey
Following the initial otoplasty procedure, in some cases it may be necessary to undergo a follow-up procedure to further enhance the results. However, once these results are achieved, they will be permanent.
Along with the cosmetic improvements, you may also notice a significant boost to your self-confidence; a direct result of the enhancement to your appearance.
Managing your pain and recovery
In order to ensure you remain comfortable in the days following the initial procedure, Dr Gerarchi will prescribe an oral pain management medication. You may also be prescribed an oral antibiotic to prevent infection during the recovery period. The goal in all of this is to ensure your recovery period is as restful as possible, as this allows the body to heal more quickly.
Otoplasty is a highly effective and straightforward procedure which can enhance not only the appearance of the ears but also self-esteem and quality of life. To learn more about this procedure, contact Dr Gerarchi’s office today.