Find Out the Truths About Otoplasty – The Ear Reconstruction Surgeryadmin
Many people suffer from defects in the shape and functionalities of the ear. Some are due to congenital defects, and some suffer fatal accidents or mishaps that destruct the ear formation. In all such cases, a cosmetic ear surgery can help to restore appearance and functionality.
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to alter shape, size, and proportion. The procedure can be done to correct the appearance of protruding ears, asymmetrical ears, ears that are too large, or ears that have been damaged due to injury or congenital disabilities. The procedure is generally done on children ages 7 and up but can also be performed on adults for aesthetic or functional reasons.
Keep reading the blog to know the truth about ear reconstruction surgery or Otoplasty.
Truths About Otoplasty
Otoplasty is typically performed to correct prominent or protruding ears, which can be a source of self-consciousness or bullying for some people.
Here are some truths about ear reconstruction surgery:
Otoplasty refines ears’ size.
Otoplasty can repair excessively large ears, undeveloped ears, or ears that bulge from the side of the head. Large ears might make you feel uneasy and undermine your confidence. Fortunately, otoplasty provides an option.
Otoplasty is a relatively simple procedure.
Otoplasty is an outpatient patient, requiring only daycare stay in the hospital unless there are any complications. The procedure typically takes about 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the surgical work needed. During the procedure, the surgeon will make incisions behind the ear to access the ear cartilage, which is then reshaped or repositioned to achieve the desired results. You need to wear a headband or bandage for a week or more after the procedure to help the ears heal in their new position.
The procedure can be performed on children as well as adults.
While it is most commonly performed on children between 7 to 14 years, adults can also undergo the procedure. Children’s ears are fully developed between the age 4-6, and so the procedure can be performed comfortably anytime after this age with quick otoplasty recovery. It can also be performed on adults who wish to correct abnormalities or defects in their ears.
The results of otoplasty are permanent.
The results of otoplasty are generally permanent, although the ears may continue to grow and change shape slightly with age. In most cases, the changes made to the shape and position of the ears during cosmetic ear surgery will be maintained over time.
Otoplasty can improve self-esteem.
Otoplasty can help individuals self-conscious about their appearance due to abnormalities or defects in their ears feel more confident and self-assured. Many patients report an improvement in their self-esteem after undergoing otoplasty.
Otoplasty recovery time is low.
The recovery time for otoplasty is generally short compared to other surgeries. Most people can return to work or school within a week after the surgery, and most swelling and bruising should resolve within a few weeks. However, it is important to remember that every patient is different, and recovery can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery. You should follow your surgeon’s instructions for quick recovery.
Otoplasty may carry some side effects.
Otoplasty is a safe and effective procedure. However, like any surgery, otoplasty carries risks and potential side effects. Some common side effects that may occur after cosmetic ear surgery include swelling, bruising, and pain around the ears. These side effects are usually temporary and should resolve within a few weeks. Other possible complications are scarring, infection, change in sensation and unsatisfactory results. Therefore, it is important to discuss the potential risks and side effects of otoplasty with the surgeon before the procedure to make an informed decision. Only a board-certified, qualified and experienced surgeon is the answer.
Otoplasty does not affect hearing.
The ear reconstruction surgery is performed on the external ear and does not affect the ear’s internal structure, including the eardrum and hearing mechanism. Therefore, otoplasty does not affect hearing. However, the patient may experience temporary changes in sensation or numbness around the ears after the procedure, and these changes are usually temporary and will resolve over time.
The procedure can be performed with other facial surgeries.
Otoplasty can be performed in combination with other facial plastic surgery procedures, such as rhinoplasty or facelift, to achieve a more harmonious and balanced appearance.
The crux of the matter!
Otoplasty, cosmetic ear surgery, is a safe and effective way to alter the ears’ shape, size, or position. If you are considering otoplasty, discussing your goals and expectations with a qualified plastic surgeon is important to determine if the procedure is right for you.
Dr Priya Bansal, a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in ear reconstruction surgeries, will discuss the surgery’s details and help you determine the possible outcomes of the procedure, along with the right benefits for you. Book your consultation today and gain knowledge.
Dr Priya Bansal
Board-certified plastic surgeon
Dr Priya Bansal is a gold medalist plastic and cosmetic surgeon with a Plastic Surgery degree from Maulana Azad Medical College and 12+ years of experience in plastic surgery. She specialises in high-def liposuction, mommy makeover, tummy tuck, Brazilian butt lift and breast procedures for body contouring and sculpting.