Patients who benefit from ear surgery include those who may have:

  • Protruding ears- Majority of the aesthetic surgery performed on ears.
  • Large ears
  • Abnormally shaped ears

 

Ear surgery often is recommended for children as they near  total ear development at age five or six. Correction of the ears prior to the child entering school helps eliminate potential psychological trauma from the teasing of classmates. Adults may also have their ears reshaped. As long as you are in good health, there is no upper age limit for this surgery

 

How is Aesthetic Ear Surgery Performed

One of many surgical techniques may be suggested to improve the appearance of ears. The particular technique that a plastic surgeon recommends will depend on the nature of the problem and many other factors including patient desires. Because of individual factors, not everyone will achieve the same results from ear surgery. If the problem is protruding ears, the supporting tissue of the ears, called cartilage, is reshaped in order to position the ears closer to the head. This usually is accomplished through incisions placed behind the ears. Subsequent scars will be concealed in the natural skin crease. In some cases, especially in ears that need to be reduced in size or are protruding in the middle 1/3 of the ear, external incision of the front (outside surface) of the ear will be necessitated. Usually these are placed in areas where they will heal in a more inconspicuous manner. In ear reductions, skin as well as cartilage will most often need to be removed.

 

About the surgery:

The procedure lasts for 2 hours.

 

Anasthesia:

Frequently, local anesthesia and intravenous sedation are used for patients undergoing ear surgery, although general anesthesia may be desirable in some instances (especially young children).  The procedure lasts for 2 hours. Patients will be permitted to go home after a short period of observation, although some patients may stay overnight in the hospital.

 

Post surgery:

After surgery, patients are  instructed to wear gauze dressing or bandage for a few days or up to several weeks to ensure that your ears heal in their new, corrected position. Often a ski band to cover the ears is worn at night to prevent the ears from bending during sleep.

Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities within ten days or less. Most people return to work at 7- 10 days.