If you don’t like your ears, you may think there isn’t much you can do besides living with what you were born with. However, that’s not true! An otoplasty is a type of procedure used to reshape and/or resize the ear to provide wanted results. But, before your otoplasty consultation, there are a few things you should know about this procedure.
Overview of the Procedure
Basically, this procedure works to fix folding cartilage in the ear. This way, the ear doesn’t have to be cut to get desired results. Remodeling the cartilage of the ear is usually all it takes to provide a more average appearing ear. Typically, these surgeries only last about an hour. And, they can be done with either localized or generalized anesthesia.
During the Procedure
First, a hollow needle is placed inside the cartilage of the ear. Then, permanent sutures are placed to press the ear closer to the skull, which allows for a less-noticeable appearance. Next, stitches under the skin work to reshape and reposition cartilage. Finally, a bandage is wrapped around the ears to provide the permanent sutures time to heal in their new position.
After the Procedure
Because sutures are used to reshape the ears rather than cutting the ears to shape, there is usually very minimal scarring afterward. However, these sutures do take about 10 days to settle. So, being careful with the ears is a must for about a month or two after the procedure takes place. And, a headband should be worn during this timeframe, especially during sleep. Additionally, patients should always be careful of the permanent sutures from becoming ruptured. So, it’s advised to not perform activities which require much physical impact or poses risks to the ears.
Potential Risks of This Procedure
This surgery is simple, quick, and usually doesn’t pose any threats. However, there are risks for some complications. Like all surgeries, there is a risk for potential infection. So, the ears should be routinely checked for redness or inflammation. Other risks of this procedure are skin necrosis and internal bleeding, which can usually be fixed by removing some of the sutures.
Want to Experience the Benefits of an Otoplasty?
Want to experience the benefits of this procedure for yourself? Consider Dr. Park for your otoplasty, and schedule a consultation with us today.