What is involved in this procedure?
Like most cosmetic surgeries, this procedure starts with anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you, either intravenous or general anesthesia.
Next, incisions will be made. The location of the incisions could vary depending on the reason for your specific surgery. Often they are made on the back surface of the ear where any scarring would be almost impossible to see. In the rare case, when incisions are needed on the front of the ear, they are made within the natural folds to conceal them better.
After the necessary corrections are made, internal non-removable sutures create and secure the newly shaped cartilage into place. After the internal sutures are in place, the incision is closed with external stitches. Techniques for this are individualized based on the patient’s needs and to create a natural appearance.
What is the recovery for otoplasty surgery like?
You will likely wake up from surgery with bandages over the incision site, depending on the type of ear surgery. It’s common for some bandages to be in place to help support the new structure of your ear.
Some discomfort will be felt immediately following surgery, but Dr. Larsen will be intentional with your pain management and keep you as comfortable as possible. It’s common to experience an itchy sensation around the incision site or where internal sutures were placed. Some patients experience headaches as the new ear tissue heals.
It is necessary that all bandages remain intact and are not removed for any reason. This helps to maintain the corrections of the surgery.
Some swelling around the incision site is normal after surgery, and most patients find that they can return to most of their normal activities within a few weeks.
What are the results of an otoplasty?
One of the reasons this surgery is so popular is the near-immediate results. If you are undergoing Otoplasty because of protruding ears, the results are visible as soon as the dressing that supports the new shape is removed. In most cases, no matter what kind of reconstruction is needed, the incision scars are easily hidden behind the ear or within the ear’s natural creases. Although ears are distinct on all humans, this surgery is a quick and effective way to improve facial symmetry and obtain very natural-looking results.
For more extensive surgeries where major reconstruction is needed, the results will still be visible quickly, but it’s more common for them to heal in stages over time.
Why Choose Buckhead Plastic Surgery for My Otoplasty Surgery?
Dr. Larsen is a double board-certified plastic surgeon, throughout his long and decorated career he has provided excellent care to his patients. He has hand-selected his team and chooses only to work with the very best people in the industry. He prides himself on his surgical skill and his exemplary patient care. You will not find a more qualified surgeon than Dr. Larsen.
He is very experienced in this procedure and can show you before and after photos of other patients just like you who have undergone this life-changing surgical procedure. Don’t wait another day, call us today to set up your free consultation and learn more about what this procedure could mean for your life.