What Is Ear Surgery?
Ears that appear to protrude and stick out, are misshapen and uneven, or look oversized can affect your self-confidence, especially as a child. Ear surgery or otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that helps to recontour the size and shape of the ears to create a normal appearance. Our seasoned team of specialists has assisted many men and women to overcome their anxiety of showing off their ears by performing this surgery. Regardless of the physical irregularity, otoplasty at Plastic Surgery Vegas allows a patient to proudly show their face at any angle with self-assurance. If you or your child are concerned about the appearance of their ears, make an appointment at our Las Vegas, NV office to learn more about ear surgery.
What Are the Benefits Of Ear Surgery?
A personalized ear surgery procedure performed by a member of our skilled team of plastic surgeons has a number of aesthetic and practical benefits, including:
- Reducing overly large ears
- Reshaping and resizing the ears
- Repositioning the ears to lay flatter and not stick out
- Correcting congenital ear abnormalities
- Addressing a variety of ear issues
- Boosting self-confidence
- Can be done on children as young as six
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Who Is A Good Candidate for ear surgery?
Ear surgery can be performed on all ages; however, it is common among children and is suggested before the start of elementary school. By age six, this cosmetic surgery is safe and effective to be completed on a child. If you feel embarrassed from the look and shape of your ears because they stick out or are too large, otoplasty may be the ideal surgery to attain a natural-looking appearance. Sufferers of a torn, stretched, or damaged earlobe may also be a candidate for otoplasty.
How Is An otoplasty Performed?
Otoplasty is performed using anesthesia, either general or IV sedation. Most often, the incision is made around the back portion of the ear or inside the inner ear folds. During surgery, cartilage will be manipulated to create a smaller or larger appearance. It's generally common for each ear to be addressed during otoplasty to make sure they appear even. After the procedure, the incisions are closed with sutures and wrapped so they are safeguarded for healing.
What Should I Expect Following ear surgery?
Once the procedure is finished and it is safe to leave the hospital, you will heal and rest at home. Our team will also give instructions for recovery. It is important to not touch the ears. In addition, you should not lay on the ears, and instead, sleep propped up for the first several days. We recommend seeing our otoplasty patients back within 3 – 5 days — at this time, we will be able to remove the wrappings and look at you or your child's surgical results. Natural-looking ears are visible right away, and the results will continue to look better as the ears heal.
Ear Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
Will the results of ear surgery last?
Usually, the ears mature faster compared to other areas of the body and face, which is the reason why an otoplasty can be done on younger patients with long-term results. We will assess the ears and then discuss realistic expectations along with how long the outcomes should last. Even as the body and face can change dramatically from gravity and age, the impact on the ears is usually minimal. If there are significant modifications to your ears due to an injury, a second surgery could be performed.
How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
Typically, children about 5 – 6 years of age are ideal candidates for otoplasty. Although the ear is generally fully developed, the cartilage and tissue will still be malleable, which makes it easy to change. This age is also great since it is before they start school or early in their education so they can avoid being teased by classmates. Even though many otoplasty patients are young children, we also perform otoplasty on adults.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
The most common problems, such as ears that are oversized or stick out, occur in both ears so both will need to be fixed. During the surgery, we will adjust both ears so they are as symmetrical as possible. However, if just one ear has to be altered, the shape and size will be fixed to mirror the other ear. When we develop your surgical plan, we will tell you if one or both ears need to be addressed.
What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The trend of oversized earrings and ear gauges have made earlobe repair a popular operation at Plastic Surgery Vegas. If you are considering getting earlobe repair, schedule an appointment with our team. We will examine your ear and then discuss what might be done in order to restore your earlobes.
Reshape Your Ears
Even though the ears are not very big, the wrong shape, size, or position can make a significant difference in your appearance. Ear surgery may help your child avoid teasing at school, or help you if you have always felt unhappy with your ears. Contact Plastic Surgery Vegas in Las Vegas, NV to schedule your appointment with our team and get more information about cosmetic ear surgery. We look forward to helping you gain a look you can love and the confidence to flaunt it.