In fact, otoplasty is among the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedure in the United States. We’re here to take a look at the basics of otoplasty and whether it might be the right decision for you or your child.
Who is a good candidate for otoplasty?
Otoplasty encompasses a number of outer-ear-related surgeries. If you meet any of the following you might be a good candidate:
- You feel like your ears take attention away from your face because of their size
- Your earlobes are wide and oddly shaped
- Your ears stick out too far from your head
- Your ears look uneven or asymmetrical
- Your ears are abnormally shaped due to an accident or genetics
- Your ears are done developing and you have one of the above concerns (usually after age 5)
What happens during the procedure?
It’s a fairly straight-forward procedure. Small incisions are made behind the ear to remove skin and excess cartilage. We can then reshape your ear and/or bring it closer to your head. You may need more incisions if you want more extensive work done but that’s the gist of it. And don’t worry, these incisions are small, so any scarring will be hard to see.
How long does recovery take?
Fortunately, your ears don’t tend to show swelling or discoloration as much as other facial areas. Over-the-counter pain medication is typically all you will need to manage your pain following the procedure. Your stitches will be left in for a few weeks but they’re small.
It usually takes several days to get back to your normal routine after otoplasty. For children, it’s recommended that they be closely monitored to not bother or interfere with their stitches. It’s a good idea to make sure they don’t play too rough during the recovery process.
Our experienced surgeons at Twin City Plastic Surgery would love to help you with your otoplasty procedure. If you’d like to take the next step, schedule your consultation with us by calling (309) 662-6772.