What is Otoplasty?
An Otoplasty (commonly referred to as Ear Surgery) is performed to set back prominent ears closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears to help men to achieve better facial harmony.
How is Otoplasty performed?
Otoplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure used to reshape the ear. A variety of different techniques and approaches may be used to reshape congenital prominence in the ears or to restore damaged ears. Each individual seeking otoplasty is unique both in terms of the appearance of their ears and expectations for results following otoplasty surgery.
Generally a small incision is made in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. The cartilage will then be sculpted and bent back toward the head. Stitches might be placed to maintain the new shape and skin may be removed to reshape the ear. Sometimes a small amount of the cartilage is removed. It is important that you fully discuss your expectations with Dr. Pielet prior to surgery.
What to expect during recovery
- The head will be wrapped in a bandage for several days to promote the best healing and molding
- Ears may ache or throb a little for the first few days, but can be controlled with medication
- Stitches will be removed or dissolve in approximately 1 week
- Any activity involving the ear being bent or bumped should be avoided for at least 4 weeks
- A fleece headband (like a skier would wear) should be used for a few weeks to protect the ears from trauma or frostbite during the winter months