What Is An Otoplasty?
An otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that can improve the proportion or position of the ear. It can also correct ears that have been misshapen by an injury or defects inside of the ear structure. The position and shape of the ears can affect a person’s overall appearance. Even if a person is very attractive, protruding ears can still mar his or her appearance. That is why the number of people opting to get otoplasties is growing.
How Is An Otoplasty Performed?
Medication will be administered prior to this procedure. Local, general or intravenous sedation are some of the different medications that can be used. In most cases, the incision is made behind the ear. There are several ways that an otoplasty can be performed. The surgeon may elect to cut out some of the cartilage or fold and stitch the cartilage.
Who Is Considered A Good Candidate For Otoplasty?
Children who are as young as five can get an otoplasty. In order for children to be considered good candidates for an otoplasty, they must be healthy and should not suffer from chronic ear infections. They should also be able to follow instructions well. Teenagers and adults who are interested in getting this procedure should be healthy, non-smokers. Furthermore, people who want to get otoplasty should have realistic expectations.
What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Getting An Otoplasty?
- Improved Appearance
- Improved confidence
- People will be able to wear their hair back without feeling embarrassed.
What Do I Need To Do To Prepare For An Otoplasty?
There is no special preparation needed for otoplasty. However, patients may be advised to discontinue the use of certain medications or supplements. Some supplements and medications can increase the risk of bleeding.
What Are Some Of The Risks Involved With Getting Otoplasty?
Infection, asymmetry, persistent pain and skin discoloration are some of the potential risks. Keep in mind that otoplasty is very safe, and the chances of suffering adverse side effects are very low.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Ear Surgery?
Patients will need to wear a head dressing for three to five days after surgery. In most cases, patients will be able to go back to work after the head dressing is removed. Exercise can be resumed within one month, but heavy lifting will need to be avoided for eight to 10 weeks. Additionally, patients will need to wear a protective head band at night for six to eight weeks after their surgery.
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