Otoplasty

Ear Surgery in Columbus, OH

There are several variations of deformity of the ears, each of which must be treated in a different manner. Basically, otoplasty is performed to correct excess protrusion of the ears and place them in a more normal, less conspicuous position.

It should be noted that both ears are never exactly alike, even in the normal state, and that perfect symmetry is therefore not a reasonable expectation.

The operation has no adverse effects upon the ability to hear.

Photographs are as important to the plastic surgeon in the proper care of his patients as X-rays are to physicians in other medical specialties. Therefore, photos will be taken before and after surgery. These photographs become a part of the patients confidential medical record. These are used to prepare for surgery and are also integral when the patient is in the operating room.

Physical activities should be limited for 2 weeks to avoid increased swelling and discomfort. The patient will need to sleep with a compression head wrap on for a few weeks to not disrupt the sutures or repair.

The Otoplasty Procedure

The operation takes approximately 60-90 minutes to complete and is not painful. Some patients elect to be awake and local anesthetic is used. Other patients combine Otoplasty with other cosmetic procedures and elect for sedation versus general anesthesia. The procedure consists of an incision on the back side of the ear, with the removal of a small segment of skin. The cartilage is exposed and is thinned or cut so that the ear will be placed in a normal position and have a normal configuration. Stitches are used to hold the cartilage in place and to close the skin incision. Other areas that are excessive will also be addressed, such as a large ear lobe. A bulky type dressing is applied completely around the head so that both ears can be protected, swelling minimized and discomfort limited.

What To Expect After Ear Surgery

Discomfort post-operation is minimal. Whatever discomfort there may be is short-lived and easily handled with routine pain medication. Dressings will be left in place for a period of 1 to 2 weeks and may be removed to shower. It is advisable to wear a bandanna or bandage over the head and ears at night for an additional 2 weeks to avoid injuring the ears while sleeping. When the bandages are removed, the ears will appear swollen and bluish in color. This is normal and will be evident for approximately 4 weeks. Slight swelling will be noticeable for a few weeks. Sutures used to close the skin are typically dissolving and do not require removal.

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