Q - What is otoplasty?
Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure which can improve the appearance of the ears. Otoplasty can reduce the size of large ears, set back prominent or protruding ears closer to the head, and reshape misshapen or irregular-looking ears to make them appear normal.
Q - Who is a good candidate for otoplasty?
Healthy individuals looking to improve the appearance of large, prominent or misshapen ears may be good candidates for otoplasty. The procedure can be performed as early as age four, which can help to lessen the psychological and emotional discomfort that children may otherwise endure. Otoplasty is also performed on adults.
Q - At what age can otoplasty be performed?
Otoplasty can be performed once the ears are fully grown, which typically occurs around the age of four. There are many benefits to performing the surgery at an early age as it can lessen the emotional and psychological discomfort a child may otherwise have to endure.
Q - What happens at a consultation for otoplasty?
During the consultation with Dr. Schwartz you will discuss what it is that you dislike about your ears and what you hope to achieve through surgery. Your ears will be examined, a thorough medical history taken, and your options discussed. All details of the procedure will be explained and any questions or concerns that you may have will be addressed.
Q - Where does the otoplasty procedure take place?
Dr. Schwartz performs otoplasty at an outpatient surgical center.
Q - What anesthesia is used for otoplasty?
Dr. Schwartz performs otoplasty with local anesthesia and sedation.
Q - How is the otoplasty procedure performed?
There are different techniques for otoplasty depending on the particular problem. Incisions are typically located in the back of the ear. The cartilage may be sculpted and the ear bent back toward the head, sometimes with the use of non-removable stitches to hold the new shape. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove a piece of cartilage in order to create a more natural-looking fold.
Q - How long does the otoplasty procedure take to perform?
Otoplasty usually takes one to two hours to perform.
Q - Where are the incisions made for otoplasty?
The incisions for otoplasty are often hidden ones located behind the ear.
Q - Will I have scars after undergoing otoplasty?
Though the incisions made for otoplasty do result in scars, they are hidden as they are usually located behind the ears.
Q - Will I experience any pain after undergoing otoplasty?
Some throbbing or aching of the ears may occur during the first few days. This can be managed with medication.
Q - What can I expect the recovery to be like after my otoplasty procedure?
Patients can expect a recovery time of about one week after otoplasty. Some throbbing and aching of the ears may occur which can be managed with medication. Swelling, numbness, and redness may also occur. Bandages applied after surgery are replaced with a lighter, headband-like dressing within a few days. Stitches are removed within about one week or absorbable sutures will dissolve on their own.
Q - When will I be able to return to work after my otoplasty surgery?
Patients can usually return to work or school within five to seven days.
Q - When will I be able to exercise after my otoplasty procedure?
Strenuous activities and contact sports may need to be postponed for about one to two months.
Q - When are the stitches removed after the otoplasty procedure?
The stitches are removed in about one week after otoplasty. Absorbable sutures will dissolve on their own.
Q - What are the risks of otoplasty?
As with all types of surgery, there are potential risks associated with otoplasty and these may include adverse anesthesia reactions, blood clot, excessive scarring, infection, mismatched or artificial-looking ears, and recurrence of the protrusion.
Q - Is otoplasty covered by insurance?
Otoplasty is sometimes covered by insurance. Patients should consult with their own insurance company.
Q - Can the otoplasty procedure be financed?
There are financing options available for many plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery procedure.