Otoplasty is a type of surgery that fixes prominent, protruding, or abnormally shaped ears. It is a relatively minor procedure but can yield dramatic results to transform a patient’s quality of life and self-esteem.
The surgery can be performed on adults and children alike. In children, the operation is usually performed by the age of five to avoid the possible negative impact of teasing.
In older children and adults, the procedure can be performed under local anesthetic in the office. Younger children often require general anesthetic to decrease anxiety and ensure cooperation during the procedure. The most common technique utilizes an incision in a concealed location behind the ear. This is where sutures will be placed to hold the ear in its new, permanent location. The goal of the surgery is to reposition or reshape the ear into a more natural position.
Otoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients go home the same day and can resume near-normal activity. Due to the risk of injury or disrupting the sutures as the ear heals, patients are counseled to avoid exertional physical activity for the first two weeks after the surgery and contact sports for the first one to two months. There is usually very little pain or discomfort, but if present can be controlled with over the counter pain medications. A dressing will be placed immediately after surgery and removed during the patient’s follow up visit.
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Dr. Thompson in Denver, CO, is a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Thompson to discuss the benefits of otoplasty, please call (303) 667-1474 today!