How Otoplasty Work
Addressing several aesthetic concerns
Otoplasty is a relatively simple surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of ears by addressing the several aesthetic concerns.
The procedure can improve issues regarding size, shape and projection. Dr. Golger and Dr. Romy will examine the contours of your ears from different angles and evaluate how they contribute to your overall appearance. Then, using their experienced and keen artistic eye, Dr. Golger and Dr. Romy can perform the otoplasty to achieve an aesthetically-pleasing and natural outcome.
The surgical procedure is completed under general anesthetic or intravenous sedation. Incisions are made in the natural folds behind the ear for inconspicuous scarring. Once the cartilage has been reshaped, we use sutures to close incisions and gauze to cover them. Healing is generally fast and uneventful after otoplasty and scars are virtually invisible due to their placement.
The different types of otoplasty procedures
Ear pinning surgery for protruding ears is the most common request we receive related to ears. To correct this issue, we perform a specific procedure known as pinnaplasty, or ear pinning surgery. This can decrease the level of projection of your ears from the head and is used for patients of all ages.
Ear lobe surgery for stretched lobes – some individuals with thin or stretched ear lobes find that their ears have a bottom-heavy appearance that can be aesthetically displeasing. While this can be due to genetics, it is a very common characteristic of the normal aging process that causes the lobes to sag and enlarge. With an ear lobe surgery targeting stretched-out earlobes, we can achieve a more balanced proportion between the upper and lower ear features.
What is the recovery process like after an otoplasty?
After otoplasty, we advise our patients to protect their ears with a soft headband. You should expect some mild discomfort, which can be managed with prescription or over the counter medications. In general, patients require 7-10 days for full recovery from a Toronto otoplasty. Your surgeon will provide further detail about your recovery process to you.
Are there any risks associated with an otoplasty?
As otoplasty is a surgical procedure, there will be some risks associated with it. The possible issues include asymmetry, bleeding, infection, poor healing and sensitivity changes. During your consultation, we will review the risks and potential complications in detail with you.
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