Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear(s). A defect in the ear structure that is present at birth or that becomes apparent with development can be corrected by otoplasty. This procedure can also treat misshapen ears caused by injury. Otoplasty creates a more natural shape while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face.
CANDIDATES FOR OTOPLASTY
Individuals who are unhappy with the appearance of their ears
Men or women with one or both ears that stick out too far from the head
Men or women with missing parts of one or both ears
GOALS OF OTOPLASTY
Normally shaped and symmetric ears.
Greater self confidence.
What to Expect at your Consultation
Drs. Perrotta and Luppens will devote as much time as necessary to discuss your individual goals and needs with you. After a focused physical examination, your surgeon will provide preliminary recommendations and explain what you can expect from surgery.
Once your surgeon determines his surgical plan, our aesthetic coordinator will produce a written quote, which lists all costs of your proposed surgery so that there are no surprises. At that time, an appointment is set for your pre-op visit.
Much is covered during your pre-op visit. First, one of our highly trained medical assistants will take pre-op photos. Next, your surgeon will explain the surgical technique to you and thoroughly inform you as to what you can expect, including any potential complications. Note that all procedures involve some risk, but major complications are rare. Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Luppens will then obtain a more complete medical history from you and perform a final pre-op physical examination, including a check of your vital functions to ensure that you are physically fit for surgery. All informed consents for surgery will be filled out at this appointment and final payments are due at this time. You will be notified 24 hours prior to your surgery with your arrival time.
The Otoplasty Procedure
For adults, we usually perform the corrective surgery in the office with local anesthesia alone. However, the patient can always opt for IV sedation or general anesthesia. Children usually require general anesthesia. The surgery, which usually takes 1-2 hours, involves refining the shape of the ears and/or pinning them backward. In some cases, we use fine drains which prevent blood from collecting under the skin and causing “coliflauer ear”. A head wrap is applied to protect the repair.
The patient goes home on the day of surgery. Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication. We ask patients to sleep with their head elevated and use ice packs for the first 48 hours. All patients take oral antibiotics for approximately five days. We remove the head wrap and any visible stitches and drains (if used) during the first post-op visit. Patients return to work/school in 7-10 days. Swelling and bruising subside over 2-3 weeks.