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Otoplasty reshapes the ears for a more streamlined appearance. If you are bothered by the shape or position of your ears, you may want to consider ear surgery with Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Gill. This procedure can improve a person’s self-confidence with a natural-looking aesthetic improvement.
If You’re Considering Otoplasty
Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is a popular procedure for both children and adults who struggle with ears that are overly large, too prominent or misshapen in some way. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 30,000 individuals underwent some form of cosmetic ear surgery in 2010 in the US.
Adults, as well as children as young as four whose ears are fully developed, may choose ear surgery if they struggle with:
- Protruding ears
- Ears out of proportion
- Too large ears
- Misshapen ears
In addition to normalizing one’s appearance and improving self-image, otoplasty may have the added goal of preventing or putting an end to teasing one may experience.
What to Expect in Surgery
For adults or children, ear surgery takes two to three hours to perform. Surgery is usually completed under a general anesthetic for children and a local anesthetic with sedation for adults.
To start, Dr. Gill will make an incision behind the ear through which cartilage will be sculpted or removed to achieve the desired result. He will then fold the ears closer to the head to normalize their protrusion. To close the incisions, Dr. Gill will use sutures and them cover them with a dressing and surgical tape to keep the ears in place.
Recovering from Otoplasty
While adults may return to work about five days after surgery, Dr. Gill often recommends children wait one week before returning to school. It may be advantageous for a child to undergo this procedure during a break from school to allow for adequate healing time. Your head will be wrapped in a bandage during the healing period and your stitches can be removed after a week. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your ears during healing and it will be important that you change out your head dressings periodically.