If a newborn has prominent ears before three months, ear molds can be applied to the infant’s ears. When used at a young enough age, these molds will modify the baby’s ears without requiring surgery. This therapy typically takes six to eight weeks and three to four appointments. Surgery (otoplasty) is the only choice for older newborns, toddlers, children, and adults who wish their ears to stick out less. Since ear cartilage is delicate and weak before age five, Norman J. Pastorek, MD, PC, FACS will not do otoplasty on a kid until they are at least five years old. Moreover, otoplasty is frequently planned before the kid reaches the age of seven. That is the age when taunting about looks appears to be on the rise. A thick dressing is used after otoplasty to assist in healing and for protection and comfort.
Overview of otoplasty
Otoplasty is sometimes known as cosmetic ear surgery. It is done on the visible region of the outer ear, known as the auricle. The auricle contains cartilage folds that are covered with skin. It begins to grow before birth and continues to develop in the years following birth. If your auricle fails to produce correctly, you may opt for otoplasty to modify your ears’ size, location, or form.
A consultation with your plastic surgeon is required before the operation. The following events will occur within this time:
1. Medical history assessment: Prepare to answer questions regarding drugs you’re taking, procedures you’ve had in the past, and any present or former medical issues.
2. Examination: Your plastic surgeon will assess your ears’ form, size, and positioning. They could also take measurements or photographs.
3. Discussion: This involves discussing the surgery and the risks and probable expenses involved. Your cosmetic surgeon will also want to know what you anticipate from the operation.
4. Questions: If anything is confusing or you need more information, don’t be hesitant to ask questions. Also, it’s a good idea to inquire about your surgeon’s credentials and years of expertise.
Ear correction surgery recovery
Based on the procedure and technique used by your surgeon, you may require a bandage around your head to help your ears to heal in their new position. If you have a dressing, you must keep it dry. As a result, you won’t be able to wash your hair until the bandage is removed. By six weeks, you will be recovered and back to normal. You must limit your typical routine for the first 1-2 weeks after surgery to fully recuperate. The majority of the edema should subside within 2-3 weeks. You will, however, be in pain for a few days. It takes roughly 12 weeks to be able to participate in full-contact sports. Also, it is always necessary to consult with your surgeon before proceeding.
If you’re thinking about otoplasty, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon in your neighborhood. Concentrate your search on physicians with several years of expertise doing otoplasty and a high satisfaction rating. Call Norman J. Pastorek, MD, PC, FACS, to schedule your meeting today to learn more about otoplasty procedure.