What Is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty surgery is a safe procedure that won’t affect a person’s ability to hear or the location of his or her ears. Conversely, otoplasty is a cosmetic ear surgery that may be used to address ears that stick out too far from the head or appear disproportionate to the head. Otoplasty may also be performed to correct the results of a prior ear surgery.
How to Prepare for Otoplasty Surgery
Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery takes a holistic approach to otoplasty. He wants to help otoplasty patients improve facial symmetry, and ultimately, achieve a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Azizzadeh evaluates a patient’s facial features closely. He then crafts a custom otoplasty treatment plan designed to enhance facial harmony.
If a person is considering ear surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh requests a consultation with him or her. The consultation allows Dr. Azizzadeh to review a patient’s medical history and identify any health risks that can disqualify this individual from cosmetic ear surgery.
Next, if a patient qualifies for ear lobe surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh helps a patient set realistic treatment expectations. Dr. Azizzadeh explains the risks and benefits of ear pinning surgery, as well as responds to his or her treatment concerns and questions. In doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh helps an otoplasty patient make an informed treatment decision.
What to Expect From An Otoplasty Procedure
Dr. Azizzadeh sometimes recommends an otoplasty patient avoid aspirin and other medications in the days leading up to cosmetic ear surgery. He also advises ear plastic surgery patients not to smoke prior to treatment, as smoking reduces blood flow in the skin and slows the otoplasty healing process.
Otoplasty is usually performed in a surgical center under local anesthesia. During an otoplasty procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh first makes a small incision in the back of a patient’s ear. Dr. Azizzadeh next reshapes or folds the ear cartilage; this allows Dr. Azizzadeh to reduce the ear’s size.
What to Expect After Otoplasty Surgery
Before an otoplasty surgery is performed, Dr. Azizzadeh provides his patient with full details about treatment. Dr. Azizzadeh also offers tips to help a patient reduce swelling and bruising in the days after otoplasty surgery.
An otoplasty patient’s ears are bandaged after the procedure is performed. The bandages protect and support the ears and help a patient minimize the risk of infection.
Patients can experience pain, discomfort and itching in the days following otoplasty surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh sometimes prescribes pain medication to help ear surgery patients alleviate these issues.
Dr. Azizzadeh recommends sleeping on the side for the first few days after an otoplasty. An otoplasty patient can also wear button-down shirts or shirts with loosefitting collars; this reduces a patient’s risk of putting force on otoplasty surgical incisions.
Otoplasty surgery bandages are generally removed within a few days of treatment. At this time, an otoplasty patient’s ears often appear red and swollen, but these symptoms typically subside over the course of two to six weeks. An otoplasty patient can wear a loose headband to cover the ears at night; the headband helps a patient avoid pulling the ears forward if he or she rolls over in bed.
If dissolvable stitches are used during an otoplasty procedure, the stitches will disappear in the weeks after treatment. Or, if standard stitches are used, a patient will need to return to Dr. Azizzadeh’s office a few weeks after surgery to have them removed.
Dr. Azizzadeh explains when a patient can resume normal physical activities following otoplasty surgery. He also helps an otoplasty patient avoid complications during the recovery process and ensures that he or she can benefit from beautiful, natural-looking ears that complement the facial appearance.
Dr. Azizzadeh wants each otoplasty patient to achieve the best-possible results, too. As such, Dr. Azizzadeh is available to respond to concerns and questions before and after otoplasty surgery.
Benefits of Ear Surgery
Ear surgery provides many benefits, including:
- Proven Results: This surgery has been shown to provide patients with a fast, easy way to correct a variety of ear conditions, including protruding, folded or very large ears.
- Safe Procedure: Today, surgery for ears is one of the safest cosmetic surgeries and has helped both adults and children correct irregularly shaped or damaged ears.
- Increased Self-Confidence: Various studies have indicated that individuals who have unusual-looking ears have lower self-confidence than others. With surgery for ears, individuals can improve their aesthetic appearance, leading to increased self-confidence.
Dr. Azizzadeh will outline the benefits of surgery for ears during an initial patient consultation. That way, an individual can learn about the benefits of this surgery and determine whether it is the right treatment based on his or her personal needs.
Recovery from Ear Pinning
Swelling and discomfort may occur immediately following an ear treatment. However, these side effects usually will subside within a few days.
Most patients can resume normal activities within one week of an ear procedure. Adults should be able to return to work at this time, while children can go back to school.
Ultimately, complete surgery recovery may require about six weeks to complete. Dr. Azizzadeh will provide a patient with full recovery instructions prior to treatment, and these instructions include:
- Avoid rigorous activity that may impact the ears until the ears are fully healed.
- Keep the head cool throughout the recovery period.
- Keep the head elevated to reduce swelling.
- Do not wash the hair with shampoo for at least one week after treatment.
- Try not to sleep on your side.
Dr. Azizzadeh may prescribe medication to help a patient alleviate ear pain following surgery. He also is available to respond to a patient’s concerns and questions after an ear procedure.
How Much Does Surgery for Ears Cost?
The cost of an ear treatment may vary based on several factors, such as anesthesia, operating room facilities and other related expenses. Dr. Azizzadeh will provide information about the cost of an ear procedure during an initial consultation.
Are You a Candidate for Ear Surgery?
For children, the ideal time to undergo an ear procedure is around 6 years of age or older. At this point, the ear has reached approximately 90 percent of its adult size.
Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to meet with adults and children to discuss assorted ear treatment options. He will perform a comprehensive patient assessment to determine whether an individual is a viable candidate for an ear procedure.
Schedule an Otoplasty Ear Rejuvenation Treatment Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh Today
When it comes to ear lobe surgery, it is sometimes difficult to determine the best course of action. Fortunately, Dr. Azizzadeh can meet with an ear pinning surgery candidate and help this individual determine if otoplasty is the right choice based on his or her facial rejuvenation treatment goals.
Dr. Azizzadeh offers free consultations to patients who are considering otoplasty surgery or other facial rejuvenation treatments. To schedule a cosmetic ear surgery consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please call us today at 424-303-4994.