Otoplasty is the term used for ear reshaping, which is a procedure that helps people with misshaped or protruding ears.
Common conditions that ear reshaping can help with include:
Abnormally large ear lobes
“Lop ear” – when the ear tip folds down and forward
“Shell ear” – when certain features of the ear are missing, such as the curve in the outer rim
Children over 5 years old are often candidates for this procedure as abnormal ears can greatly impact a child’s self esteem. It’s important to listen to your child’s feelings and frustrations if this is something they are struggling with.
If you or your child are considering otoplasty, there are a few important things to keep in mind:
You should plan on staying home for at least five days and limiting activities.
The surgery typically lasts 2-3 hours depending upon the complexity, but Dr. Saha will be able to give you a more accurate estimate after your consultation.
If you are an adult, you will most likely be given local anesthesia with a sedative.
If you have a child undergoing this procedure, they will be given general anesthesia in order to ensure that they don’t move during the operation.
When given general anesthesia, no food or drink is allowed after midnight the night before surgery, and the last meal of the night before should be very light.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. A button down shirt is recommended as to avoid pulling a shirt over the ears.
In most cases, you will be able to go home the same day as the procedure.
At first, scars will be visible at the incision site, but will fade over time.
If you’re considering otoplasty for yourself or a loved one, don’t hesitate to call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.