What is Otoplasty?

Are you self-conscious about the size of your ears? Are you worried about your child being teased mercilessly at school? Large ears and ears that stick out further than normal can be a source of embarrassment for adults and children alike. If you are concerned about large or prominent ears, take a moment to learn more about otoplasty.

What is otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that moves the ears closer to the head or reduces the size of the ears. This procedure can give the ears a more normal appearance.

Who can benefit from otoplasty?

Otoplasty is often performed on children between the ages of 6 and 14. It can also be performed on adults without any additional risks.

This surgery may be a good option for those with particularly large ears or ears that stick out further from the head than is normal. If you feel like your ears are distracting or damaging to your appearance, or if you are worried about your child’s self-image and school experience, consider schedule a consultation at Cool Springs Plastic Surgery.

What should you expect?

At your consultation, the doctor will evaluate your health, make recommendations, discuss your medical history, and explain the otoplasty procedure.

If you decide to go ahead with the procedure, the surgery will be scheduled and photos will be taken to document the process. It is important to avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory painkillers for at least two weeks before the surgery takes place. It is also important to follow any other instructions given by your surgeon about preparing for the procedure.

On the day of the surgery, the otoplasty procedure will be performed while the patient is under local or general anesthesia. The surgery will take approximately 2-3 hours. Usually the incision is made in the back of the ear where it isn’t noticeable.

After the procedure is complete, the patient’s head will be wrapped in a bandage to aid the healing process and pain medication will be prescribed as appropriate. Recovery will vary from patient to patient, but most children can go back to school after a week and most adults can return to work within 5-6 days. To learn more about otoplasty, schedule a consultation today.