Are you bothered by how your ears look? Are they too prominent, too large, and just not proportioned to your face? Well, a cosmetic ear surgery may just be the answer for you! Know the ways on how cosmetic ear surgery can address your ear flaws and how your plastic surgeon will perform this unique beauty enhancement procedure.
Cosmetic ear surgery: What is it?
Otoplasty is an aesthetic surgical procedure that changes the size, placement, shape, and proportion of your ears. The result of this surgery differs depending on the individual changes a patient may desire for their ears; different otoplasty procedures aim to improve a person’s facial profile and self-confidence, especially in young children and teens. Various surgical approaches to pin, reposition, or reshape the ears can be performed separately or in combination. This procedure will surely complement the various facial cosmetic surgery procedures you may have undergone or are planning to get.
Cosmetic ear surgery: Types of Otoplasty
Ear pinning. If your ears are sticking out, your plastic surgeon can recommend ear pinning as the otoplasty type you would need. This procedure flattens out the ears and keeps it close to the skin of the head.
Ear repositioning. Asymmetric ears where one ear is placed higher or lower than the other need ear repositioning. This method levels their position so that they look proportioned and equal.
Earlobe repair. If you feel you have overly large ears, your plastic surgeon may recommend earlobe repair to reshape your ears, making it look smaller.
As mentioned above, these types can be performed individually or in combination to fully achieve the enhanced appearance of the ears depending on your need.
Cosmetic ear surgery: How is it performed?
During cosmetic ear surgery, your plastic surgeon can either reduce the size of your prominent ears or pin them back so that they don’t protrude and they are placed closer to the head. If both scenarios are your problem, then the combination of these procedures is performed.
Initially, your plastic surgeon administers local anaesthesia onto your ear area. If the patient is a child or a pre-teen, the need for general anaesthesia is expected. He then makes an incision at the back of the ear where your ear cartilage is accessible. He can also make incisions inside the ear for further manipulation. This ear cartilage shapes your earlobe, so cutting or stitching a part of it together can reshape the ears. It is also bent back to address your ear’s irregular protrusion or prominence. He can also remove excess skin around the ear to fully improve your ear profile.
The cosmetic ear surgery takes about two to three hours, and your plastic surgeon can perform it either as an inpatient or outpatient procedure.
Cosmetic ear surgery: Postoperative care
Here are some points you can expect after otoplasty:
- Bandages cover your ears, and your plastic surgeon may recommend usage of a tennis-type headband to help form and protect your ears postsurgery.
- Discomfort after any surgical procedure is inevitable, so expect that post-otoplasty as well. Feelings of itching, swelling, tenderness, or pain may arise. Take prescribed pain medications as instructed by your surgeon.
- Keep your ears away from pressure. Sleep on your back, and avoid scratching or even touching your ears for the first few weeks.
- Wear button-down shirts or polos to prevent contact of clothes with your ears.
- Your surgeon can remove the stitches in a few weeks’ time. Some plastic surgeons use sutures that are also absorbable so removing them is unnecessary.
- Inquire about the appropriate return to work schedule and resume of daily activities during your follow-up consultation with your doctor. These activities include bathing and participation at work or physical activities.