Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

EAR SURGERY – OTOPLASTY

Otoplasty is a cosmetic ear reshaping procedure used to adjust the size, position, and proportion of the ears. It is often done to reposition and “pin” prominent ears closer to the head. This gives a dramatic result and can restore an individual’s confidence by providing a improved appearance.

When to Consider Surgery?

  • If you have overly large ears
  • If your ears stick out and are overly prominent
  • If you have a significant difference in size, prominence or symmetry between your ears

How is the procedure performed?

  • Otoplasty is usually performed under local anesthesia and patients are often given an oral sedative for added comfort.
  • An incision made behind the ear within the natural skin fold.
  • Any excess cartilage or soft tissue responsible for the ear sticking out is carefully trimmed
  • If there is an absence of a normal ear fold, the fold is created by shaping and bending the cartilage with sutures. This allows the ear to rest closer to the head in addition to restoring its natural shape
  • Dissolvable sutures are used to close the incision and a head dressing is applied

Recovery Period

Most people describe mild pain to both ears in the first week following surgery. Dr. Al Asfoor will prescribe you a pain reliever. After the first week, Paracetamol is usually sufficient for any discomfort.

Swelling and bruising around the ears is normal in the first several weeks. A head-band is worn for the first 2 weeks following surgery continuously, and then for an additional 2 weeks only at night.

Most people will take one week off from work. Normal activities may be done the next day after the surgery, but contact sports and heavy chores should be avoided.

Dr. Al Asfoor will typically see you one week after the surgery to check your ear position and healing. At this time, he will also provide you with detailed scar care instructions. The next visits will be after 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 1 year.

Long Term Results

Although there is a small risk of prominent ear recurrence, results from ear surgery are typically life-long. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and skin care regimen are strongly recommended to help patients get the most longevity out of their surgery results.