Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves the shape, size, position and proportion of the ear. It can correct a structural defect present at birth, or make aesthetic corrections due to sports or other injury.
An incision is made behind the ear and the manipulation of the cartilage and surrounding soft tissue is performed as necessary.
Though rare, post-operative complications are possible. These may include infection, bleeding (hematoma), unsatisfactory scarring, and asymmetry. Altered sensations (numbness, tingling, and/or hypersensitivity) are to be expected while you are healing and can persist for several weeks or months. Our health care team follows you closely to recognize and treat any complications, should they arise. Some patients may experience natural cartilage “rebound” after the surgery. This could require surgical revision.
Consultation for this procedure includes a full exam of the surgical site, review of patient goals, education on the procedure, explanation of potential risks, complications, and benefits; and VECTRA® 3D imaging.
Anesthesia: General Anesthetic
Length: Approximately 2 hours
Prior to booking, you should ensure you have a responsible adult available to care for and assist you. You cannot be alone for 24 hours after surgery. We also recommend having someone available to drive you to your post-op appointment(s). You must be prepared to pay a 15% deposit to secure your surgical date, and the remaining balance four weeks prior to your procedure.
Moderate swelling, bruising, and discomfort are to be expected. You will be discharged with a bulky head dressing that should remain in place for a few days, and additional support will be advised for about six weeks (by way of a headband). You will be seen in office by our postoperative nurses around day 5-7 post-op, and additionally as needed. They will assist you with taking down the dressing, incision care, and assessment of the surgical site; and will advise on long-term care and expectations. You must refrain from strenuous physical activity, heavy lifting, any activities where your head is below your heart, for about 4-6 weeks after surgery.
As with any surgery, results cannot be guaranteed. The goals of cosmetic plastic surgery are improvement and rejuvenation, and perfection is not attainable. Final results depend on many factors and healing can vary from patient to patient. It is important to remember to have patience during convalescence to allow your body time to recuperate and settle.
Patients will be seen in office by the surgeon approximately 4-6 months after surgery for final assessment and photographs.
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