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          • Otoplasty

            Ear Surgery

            If you’ve never heard the term otoplasty before, don’t be surprised. It’s more commonly called ear surgery, and it’s a form of cosmetic surgery used to correct the look and evenness of ears. Using a variety of techniques, the surgeon can pinback ears that stick out too far, or remove excess cartilage to reduce the size or either ear. Otoplasty can usually take around two hours, and it’s also an out patient procedure—so the recovery time is relatively short.

            Ideal candidates for Ear Surgery

            Anyone that has any defects with either is a prime candidate for otoplasty. In fact, besides being a form of plastic surgery for adults, plenty of children—and even infants—get ear surgery as soon as the problem is noticed. Or, if you just don’t like the way your ears look, otoplasty can be a great option as well.

            Possible risks and complications

            As with any surgery, there are risks and complications every patient should consider. However, ear surgery isn’t invasive by any means—so patients shouldn’t be concerned with visible scarring, which is great. But, like with any surgery, you should discuss any possible complications with your physician prior to the operation.

            The Procedure

            There are a few different methods to otoplasty, and they each vary with what the surgeon is correcting. Pinning the ears back, for instance, is technique used to bring the outer ear closer to the skull, so they won’t stick out as much. Ear augmentation, on the other hand, is used to replace missing structures in the ear—as it can reshape both the outer and inner ear.

            The Recovery Process and Your New Look

            Otoplasty doesn’t call for a lengthy recovery time, but it’s harder to rest your ears after surgery than you would think. Soreness will likely occur after surgery, and swelling can take sometimes weeks to subside—but, once the swelling is gone, the results of the surgery will be visible. A full recovery time can sometimes last one to two months, but it all depends on exactly what you’ve had done—and your doctor should be able to give you an accurate time frame.