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.