Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure done to alter the size, position, or proportion of the ears. This procedure can greatly improve self-confidence, especially in children and teens where protruding ears can be a target for teasing.
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If you were born with overly large or small ears, have ears that are oddly placed or stick our prominently, or have suffered an injury that has negatively impacted the position or shape of your ears, ear surgery may be able to benefit you. Ideal candidates will have ears that have reached their full size (usually around the age of six), be in general good health, and be non-smokers.
The Ear Surgery Procedure
During ear surgery for teens and adults, an incision will usually be created hidden inside or behind the ear. However, the location of your incisions will depend on which changes you would like to make. Excess cartilage or soft tissue will be removed, and any folds that are missing can be re-created by shaping the cartilage with sutures. Sometimes, a combination of techniques is used to achieve the desired outcome.
What to Expect After Ear Surgery
After ear surgery, patients will have a dressing wrapped around their ears. It is important to keep this dressing in place unless instructed to remove it by your doctor. It is important to rest frequently during the first week of recovery, though you should still occasionally move around to keep your blood flowing. It is recommended to keep your head elevated while laying down. Dr. Cusimano will instruct you when to remove any dressings, how to apply any antibiotic ointments, and other post-op care instructions.