There are several types of ear surgery (otoplasty) to improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear.
Otoplasty can provide a more natural shape and bring balance and proportion to the ears and face and can have profound effects to both appearance and self-esteem. Ear surgery includes ear pinning, earlobe repair (to fix earlobes that have been stretched or torn by earrings) and earlobe reduction. Ear surgery can reshape the ears, improve the size or structure, reduce protruding ears and correct ear deformities.
People whose ears stick out can feel embarrassed and self-conscious, fortunately, this can easily be corrected permanently by surgery. Protruding, or prominent ears can cause a lot of psychological trauma due to comments or ridicule by others.
Generally, ear surgery takes under two hours and can usually be performed under local anesthesia. The incision is typically made behind the ear, hidden the folds of the ear, making any scarring barely visible. Occasionally incisions are necessary on the front of the ear and are made within the folds so they are hidden. Internal, nonremovable sutures are used to create and secure the newly shaped cartilage in place. The cartilage is reshaped, and the excess cartilage is removed. The procedure is meticulously tailored to each patient so that the result perfectly harmonizes with the patient’s face and other features.
A soft, bulky dressing will be applied to each ear to promote healing and effective molding of the tissues. Patients should avoid sleeping on their side.
The internal stitches will dissolve and any external sutures will be removed in five to seven days. Adults can usually return to work after five days. Children can return to school after one week if they are careful about playground activity.
Full recovery is one month to six weeks.
Earlobe repair is used to treat stretched or torn earring holes or earlobes. This can occur from wearing heavy earrings, or from traumatic tearing of the lobe from an earring. Following an earlobe repair procedure your ears will be back to normal and you will not be able to tell that they were ever stretched or torn.
Earlobe repair is a very simple in office procedure that usually takes about an hour to complete and is performed with local anesthesia. There is no downtime. During the procedure any portions of the ear that are scarred are removed and then the hole is closed with small sutures to minimize scarring. An antibiotic ointment is placed over the wound to keep it moist. There is virtually no pain associated with the procedure. A follow up appointment is required to remove the stitches.
Earlobe reduction is for people who desire smaller, more symmetrical ears or for people whose earlobes have started to droop or become enlarged over the years. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and can be performed in office within an hour. The excess portions of the lobes are efficiently and removed and the skin is sutured together. An antibiotic ointment is placed over the wound to keep it moist. There is virtually no pain associated with the procedure. Your stitches are removed after about a week and, once fully-healed, only a very fine line, well hidden in the natural curvature of your ear, will remain.