Ear Surgery in Beverly Hills
One of the Most Highly Requested Procedures
Ear reshaping surgery, also called otoplasty, is one of the most highly requested procedures among patients at my practice. Weather it was a parent who understood their child's difficulty with daily life activities in school and play or the child who voiced concerns about the ridicule they were subject to each day because of an ear deformity, ear surgery has resulted in positive life changing experiences for many at my practice. In fact, ear surgery has recently become more popular in adults interested in bringing greater balance and harmony to the face. The beauty of ear reshaping surgery is that it is a fairly simple procedure that does not produce significant discomfort over the recovery period and has a low complication rate when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon that focuses on otoplasty.
Considering Ear Surgery?
Ear surgery may be performed for one or more reasons, including:
- Bringing ears closer to the head
- Reduce the size of the ears because they are large or comparatively large in relation to the face or specific facial features
- Lop ears
- Cupped ear
- Shell ear
- Reshape ears that are otherwise deformed, asymmetrical or misshapen
- Stretched or large ear lobes
- Reduce ridicule by others to improve social interaction and willingness to participate in normal daily activities
- Traumatic injury to the ear
There are two advantages associated with obtaining an ear reshaping procedure as early as four years of age and into adolescents, providing the child is mature and has a desire for the procedure, as follows:
- Less endurance required for ridicule which can prevent long term social or psychological implications.
- Greater capacity to remodel the ears at a younger age.
Of course, otoplasty can be performed at any age above the full development of the ears to produce a positive outcome. There are several considerations that will be reviewed at the time of an initial consultation to decide on the best approach to the ear reshaping surgery, including:
- Patient health
- Patient goals
- Patient age and maturity level
- Size of ears
- Degree of excessive ear cartilage
- Amount of existing tissue
- Degree of fullness of the ear and lobe
- Asymmetry between the ears
- Other deformities of the ear(s)
Ear Reshaping: The Procedure
Ear surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia in children. Adults may be more likely to have ear surgery under local anesthesia with sedation that produces a twilight sedated effect in a semi-conscious state. In some cases of general anesthesia, the patient remains overnight at a hospital for observation. Otoplasty may be performed at our state of the art facility or an affiliated hospital. Ear reshaping surgery requires up to fours or more of time, depending upon the technique required to perform the procedure.
There are a variety of techniques that may be used for ear surgery. We select the technique that is most suitable for the patients' particular situation. Often, ear surgery entails an incision made behind ear in the natural crease of the juncture between the head and ear. Then, excess skin and cartilage can be reshaped or removed. Finally, the cartilage and skin is sutured back into place. In other cases, the cartilage does not need to be trimmed or removed, allowing for simple reshaping of the cartilage through suturing that will hold the newly refined ear in its proper position. Then, the patient will be bandaged. Ear surgery is usually performed on both ears, regardless of only one ear affected, to produce the most symmetric results. Otoplasty patients will be bandaged to help hold the ears in place.
Ear Surgery Recovery
Ear surgery patients are usually up and around with a few hours following surgery. Within a few days thereafter, the large bandaging is removed and replaced with dressings. Stitches are removed within a week after surgery. Children can usually return to school within a week of surgery and adults require five days. Care must be taken to avoid activities that may involve the ears for at least a month following ear surgery.
Complications are very rare in ear reshaping surgery and can be medically managed, including infection, excess scar tissue, and blood clot. Patients are usually satisfied with the aesthetic results of ear surgery and enjoy more productive lives following their otoplasty.
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