Restore Proportion and Balance to the Face and Ears with Otoplasty Surgery
Otoplasty surgery can restore balance and proportion to the ears and face. Also known as ear reshaping, otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is used to alter the position, proportion and size of the ears. The results that you get from this procedure depend on the changes that you wish to have made.
Most patients benefit from a much stronger sense of self-confidence after undergoing the procedure. For someone who has ears that stick out, the ears can be flattened against the head using a technique called ear pinning. If you have one ear that is positioned higher than the other, the procedure can create the proper symmetry. The procedure is also great for addressing oversized ears. Several issues can be corrected during a single procedure.
The Benefits and Downsides
If you are considering undergoing ear surgery, you should be aware of the pros and cons. A major benefit of ear surgery is its ability to significantly improve the proportion and shape of your ears. You can gain a significant boost in self-confidence from the surgery as well.
Unlike many other surgical procedures, otoplasty is a low risk procedure, and it can even be performed on children and teenagers. In most cases, the results will last a lifetime.
Unfortunately, some children will have issues dealing with the recovery and aftercare that accompany the surgery. A disadvantage is that there is always the risk that ear symmetry will be negatively affected, and you could suffer permanent numbness or scarring.
Who Is An Ideal Candidate?
If you have a positive attitude, good health and realistic expectations, you’re already halfway qualified. An ideal candidate should have ears that have reached their full size. You should also have ears that are too large, small, disproportionate or oddly placed to be considered for otoplasty though exceptions can be made.
How the Procedure Is Performed
For children, splints can be used for proper contouring during surgery because they have soft cartilage. First, you will be given general anesthesia. Depending on your unique anatomy and changes you are having done, the surgeon will make an incision behind or inside the ear. If the ear sticks out, excess cartilage or soft tissue will be removed. If your ears are missing normal folds, they can be created through the reshaping of cartilage.
Depending on the desired results, several techniques might be performed during the procedure. At its core, the procedure consists of making incisions and reshaping cartilage. At the end of the procedure, the incisions are sealed with stitches.
How Long Do The Results Last?
As you might imagine, the results from otoplasty are permanent. However, there is always the chance that incidents can occur and reverse the results of the surgery. It is also important to understand that there are risks involved, as is the case with all surgical procedures. Despite the risks, otoplasty has the potential to restore balance and proportion to the ears and face.
We offer otoplasty at the Colton Center. With the help of Dr. Jeffrey Colton, you will be able to decide if otoplasty is right for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and be on your way to getting the ears you dreamed of.