Surgery of the ear, also known as otoplasty or ear pinning, is a procedure that helps reduce the size and protrusion of the ears. The otoplasty can be performed at any age and is often selected for children. Ears that “stick out” are often the source of teasing and ridicule, so correcting this prior to any devastating effect on the psyche is preferred. However, we often see adults who decide to have their ears corrected later in life.
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Your ear surgery can be customized depending on your specific concerns. For ears that are protruding, an incision can be made in the back of the ear where cartilage can then be removed. Ear surgery can also be performed to address the earlobes, correcting sagging, overly large, or misshapen earlobes. No matter what your concerns are, incisions will be placed where they can be easily concealed.
Ear surgery can be performed under general or local anesthesia depending upon the age of the patient and the concerns being addressed. You will be able to go home on the day of surgery. The standard otoplasty procedure performed by Dr. Shaddix brings the ears closer to the head. Otoplasty begins with an incision hidden in the crease behind the ear. This incision allows the cartilage located behind the ears to be reshaped, and, in some cases, partially removed to reposition the ears close to the scalp. Specialized sutures are used to create a lifelong result.
After the surgery is completed, a special dressing will be wrapped around the head. This method secures the ear in place and assists with the healing process. The bandages are usually removed within a week and replaced with smaller dressings. Post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. The discomfort after otoplasty is typically well controlled with the medication prescribed by Dr. Shaddix. You should keep your head elevated to decrease the swelling in the first few days. As with all surgery at Shaddix Plastic Surgery, you will be given detailed before-and-after surgery instructions, and Dr. Shaddix will be available to answer questions and guide you along the way.
How do you sleep after ear surgery?
Following ear surgery, you should sleep with your head elevated with pillows or in a recliner for at least the first week. Do not sleep on the side of your face.
Does otoplasty last forever?
The results of otoplasty are permanent, so you enjoy your results for the rest of your life.
Does otoplasty affect hearing?
No. The main purpose of otoplasty surgery is to alter the shape of the outer ear. Because of this, it cannot change, improve, or worsen hearing.
What is ear surgery called?
Ear surgery is called otoplasty surgery. It is meant to improve the position, shape, or proportion of the ear.
Will my insurance cover otoplasty?
Otoplasty is not generally covered by insurance, because it is considered cosmetic surgery. However, your insurance carrier may provide coverage if your otoplasty is being used to correct a congenital abnormality or deformity.