Do you or your child have ears that seem to be oversized or protruding? Ear conditions like protruding ears can be fixed by reconstructive ear surgery called otoplasty. To find out if you or your child is a candidate for reconstructive ear surgery, contact Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group in Southport, CT.
What Is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a type of plastic surgery or reconstructive surgery used for the treatment of ears. The procedure can address various conditions in the ear shape, size, and position. Plastic surgeons who perform this type of surgery specialize in ear surgery.
The most common method surgeons use to fix ear conditions is through rotation of the ear, but we may also reshape and reduce the ear size. When the ears are rotated, this procedure is sometimes referred to as ear-pinning. The most frequent goal of this procedure is to reduce the prominence of the ears.
What to Expect From Ear Surgery
All patients begin their surgical procedure with a consultation with Dr. Vasquez. The doctor will discuss the patient’s goal and determine what surgery is needed to restore the ears to a more typical size, shape, position and set the patient’s expectations for the procedure. An appointment is set for the procedure, and Dr. Vasquez provides some pre-treatment instructions.
The patient will be under anesthesia during the procedure and will need assistance to drive home and help around the house for the first days of recovery. The patient will spend one night in our office location recovering and will be prescribed pain medication for after the treatment. Scarring is unlikely, and it’s fine to shower and shampoo after just 24 hours.
Am I a Candidate for Ear Surgery?
Though most otoplasty surgeries are performed when the patient is as young as four years old, men and women of all ages can address concerns with their ears through surgery. These concerns may be a birth defect that was not addressed as a child or even stretched earlobes from ear-piercing.
Patients should expect several days of recovery time and may need to leave work or school for the procedure. Patients should also arrange for some help around the house while they recover. Most patients are able to return to work or school after one week of recovery from home. Patients should also quit smoking before their procedure and for some time after while they heal.
What Can Reconstructive Ear Surgery Address?
Prominent ears are the most common reason for patients to proceed with surgery. This procedure is sometimes called ear pinning and is usually addressed when the ear cartilage is developed between the ages of four and 14. Parents often look to ear pinning when their children have self-confidence issues due to bullying. The patient can generally return to school or work after only one week of outpatient recovery, and the surgery takes two to three hours.
Deformities or Birth Defects
Birth defects, such as unbalanced ears or ears with an abnormal shape, are usually addressed at an early age. Most parents seek professional help by the age of four or five. Surgery can reshape the cartilage or ear lobe to provide balance and a more typical shape to improve the child’s quality of life. If children are in school, they can return one week after the procedure.
Oversized ears and stretched ear lobes can make the ears stand out. Macrotia is a condition that causes the ears to be lengthened or elongated compared to the typical ear. The ears can be reduced by trimming the cartilage and excess skin. Ears that have been stretched by piercings can be giving a more natural shape and size by reducing the excess lobe.
Shape or Position
Ears may appear to have an awkward position due to the angle or rotation of the ears. Ears with an angle that is not typical or a rotation that affects the shape of the ears can be fixed with surgery. Changing the rotation or angle of an ear can be similar to ear pinning for prominent ears. Ears can also be angled more naturally or reduced in size.
Is Reconstructive Ear Surgery Safe?
Otoplasty is safe when performed by a plastic surgeon that specializes in reconstructive ear surgery. Dr. Vasquez and Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group have served the community’s reconstructive surgery needs since 2008.
Recovery is generally only a week in length, with one night spent in our office to ensure proper care. Strenuous activity should be avoided for six weeks after surgery. Patients are encouraged to walk around and eat a healthy diet rich in fluids, vegetables, and fruits the day after the surgery. Scarring is minimal due to only needing a small incision, and in most patients, any scarring fades quickly. Ear surgery is an outpatient procedure, so patients will spend the majority of their recovery time at home.
Is Reconstructive Ear Surgery Right for You?
If you are ready for your ears to stop attracting unwanted attention, visit Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group in Southport, CT for an initial consultation today. Having a more typical ear shape or size can change your life for the better. Prominent ears can be a common reason for low self-esteem in children. See how we can help your ears in just one week with reconstructive surgery.