Why Have An Otoplasty?

Procedure Details

Preparation and Recovery

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Why Have An Otoplasty?

Dr. Salas can help improve the size, shape, proportion or position of the ears. The procedure helps individuals feel pleased with the appearance of their ears. This is one of the few surgeries that is suitable for children and teenagers, and can significantly boost self-confidence.

Procedure Details

Otoplasty is commonly referred to as "pinning back" of the ears. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon has the option of either folding the cartilage located on the back of the ear or removing excess cartilage. Sutures are placed and bandages applied to speed the healing process. The procedure typically takes only a few hours.

Preparation & Recovery

Each patient will be given specific and tailored instructions regarding preparation for surgery.

 

Those who smoke run a greater risk of chest infection and the healing wounds in smokers may be slower. For patients who smoke it is advisable to cut down for a week before surgery and to stop smoking completely for three days immediately before the operation. Assumption of Aspirin or blood thinning medication should be avoided before the procedure as it can reduce natural blood clotting after.

After the operation patients should expect bruising around the area that fades in 2-3 weeks. Pain associated with operation is minimal and can be easily treated with oral medication. The bandages are only needed for a few days and should be replaced with a lighter dressing. Refraining from sleeping on the ears is required and patients are advised to use a very soft pillow. Showering with shampoo may begin after a few days. Expect a few days of recovery before normal activities can be performed.