Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reshape large or prominent ears. Candidates include healthy individuals who are looking to improve an ear shape abnormality. The surgery is often performed on children as young as four years of age in order to spare future teasing which may occur due to large or misshaped ears. While this is an excellent procedure, it does take an experienced and skilled surgeon to achieve the best possible results.
Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Galitz performs ear surgery in his office-based surgical suite at Aventura Plastic Surgery in Aventura, Florida, or in a nearby outpatient facility. Surgical times average one hour and either local anesthesia or IV sedation may be used. The incision is located on the back of the ear. There are many different techniques which may be used depending on the patient's particular problems. The cartilage of the ear may be sculpted, often with the use of sutures, to achieve a more desirable shape, or a piece of cartilage may be removed to improve the ear fold. In most cases, both ears are treated to achieve the best balance.
The recovery after otoplasty takes approximately seven to ten days. During this time some throbbing, aching or other discomfort may result and this can be treated with medication. Swelling, redness and bruising may also occur. A bandage is typically applied after surgery and then replaced within a few days by a lighter dressing similar to a headband. The stitches are removed after one week, at which time most patients are able to return to work or school. Exercise and more strenuous activities are often able to be resumed after two weeks. Like all surgery, there are potential complications and for otoplasty this includes the minor risk of infection. Choosing a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon who is board certified can help to minimize your risks and maximize the results of your otoplasty surgery.
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