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Realistic Expectations of Ear Surgery

Posted August 13, 2013 By: The Office of Birmingham Specialists


What Is Ear Surgery?

Also known as “otoplasty,” ear surgery can improve the shape, position, and protrusion of the ears from the head. It can correct deformities resulting from injuries or congenital (birth) defects, such as folded ear tips, long earlobes, and even the absence of an ear.

Who Is a Candidate for the Surgery?

Anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their ears is a candidate for this surgery. The ears may stick out from the head, be too large or too small, or be misshapen. Otoplasty can be performed on patients of any age whose ear cartilage is stable enough for surgery, and it is often performed on school-age children. Young children are frequently teased and ridiculed for having ears that protrude from the sides of their head, which can negatively affect their confidence and psyche. Children around ages five or six usually have ears that are developed enough to undergo otoplasty.

How Long Does Surgery Take? What Is the Recovery Time?

Ear surgery takes between one and two hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. The recovery time varies greatly between patients because of individual circumstances and the technique performed for the procedure. Approximately one week after surgery bruising typically resolves, stitches are removed, bandages are replaced with smaller dressings, and patients generally return to work and regular activities. Mild swelling may be present for a few weeks.

What Are Realistic Expectations of Ear Surgery?

Ear surgery patients can expect to see almost immediate results once the bandages are removed after the initial healing. Scars will be well-hidden in the natural creases in the back of the ear. Otoplasty typically provides pleasing, long-lasting results.

If you are interested in learning more about ear surgery, please contact Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham, Alabama by calling (205) 298-8660 or filling out our online contact form today. Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack are board certified plastic surgeons and are dedicated to helping their patients achieve the appearance and confidence they desire.