Do your ears detract from your good looks? Are they too large for your head? Perhaps they are misshapen due to an injury or a birth defect. Or maybe they just stick out too far and look funny. If you are bothered by the way your ears look you should consider cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty) at Midas Touch.
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure performed by our plastic surgeons that can change the size, shape or position of your ears. Anyone over the age of five can have this done because the ears reach their full size by this time. This surgery won't change the location of your ears, nor will it alter your hearing. Otoplasty simply improves the way your ears look.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Along with a review of your medical history and a physical exam, your Midas Touch surgeon will meet with you to discuss your expectations and why you want to have cosmetic ear surgery.
For minor alterations to the ear, only a light sedation and local anesthesia is needed. Otherwise, you will be given a general anesthesia so you are asleep during the procedure.
Otoplasty techniques vary based on the specific type of correction. Your surgeon might make incisions on the back of your ears or inside the creases of your ears.
Excess cartilage and skin will be removed. The cartilage will be folded into the proper position and secured with stitches. Your ears will be covered in bandages for protection and support. They will be removed a few days after your surgery.
The entire procedure takes about two hours.
You will likely feel some discomfort and itching after your surgery. Your ears will be red and swollen. Your surgeon will prescribe a pain medication to provide you relief.
You’ll need to wear a loose headband that covers your ears for the next two to six weeks when you are sleeping. This keeps you from pulling your ears forward when rolling over in bed. It is also important to avoid sleeping on your side.
Some of the stitches in your ears will dissolve on their own, and others will need to be removed by your surgeon in a few weeks.