WHAT IS OTOPLASTY?
Otoplasty is a procedure in which the shape, position, or size of the ears is altered.
WHY OPT FOR OTOPLASTY?
Otoplasty is often an effective option for individuals who are unhappy with the appearance of their ears, particularly in the case of birth defects and injuries. The procedure can be performed when the ears have reached their full size, although in some cases the surgery is performed on patients as young as three years old, depending on the case.
The procedure may also be performed for cosmetic reasons. Those who feel that their ears stick out too far from their head may consider the surgery, while individuals with disproportionately large or asymmetrical ears may also benefit from otoplasty.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
The technique that Dr September chooses to use will depend on the type of correction that is required. He will make incisions either within the inner creases of the ears or at the backs of the ears, depending on the case.
Once he has made the incisions, Dr September will remove any excess cartilage and skin, and fold the cartilage of the ears in a proper position. The cartilage will be secured in place with internal stitches before the incisions are stitched closed.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Once the procedure has been completed, Dr September will bandage your ears to protect them while they heal. You might feel some mild discomfort, in which case Dr September will prescribe pain medications.
You will need to keep pressure off your ears while they heal, so you should avoid sleeping on your side and rubbing the incisions.
A few days following the procedure, you will visit Dr September for a follow-up appointment, at which time he will remove your bandages. It is quite normal to experience some swelling at this stage. Dr September will advise you on how to care for your ears and let you know when you are able to resume your usual activities.