Intro TO PROCEDURE
- Time: 1-2 hours
- General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia
- Ambulate the night of surgery
- Shower 2 days after surgery
- May return to work next day
We understand the value of face to face conversations. Please contact us and we’re happy to walk you through the procedure in person.
Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, can correct a number of aesthetic issues relating to the ears. Most people tend to not think about the appearance of their ears because they naturally blend into their appearance. Unfortunately, for some people, the ears stick out rather than blend in.
When ears are noticeably large, protrude significantly from the head, or have a noticeable malformation, their appearance can be difficult to ignore, which can cause significant self-esteem issues.
Double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. William Lao has performed numerous ear surgeries over the course of his career and places emphasis on ensuring the ears have a natural, proportional, and symmetrical appearance. He has the skills and artistic abilities needed to provide excellent results.
Am I a Candidate for Ear Surgery?
During a consultation, Dr. Lao will go over your medical history and current health to ensure you are in good condition to undergo surgery. Generally speaking, anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their ears and would like to surgically correct their ear issues is a potential candidate for ear surgery.
The issues that ear surgery can correct include oversized ears, protruding ears, birth defects, and damage to the ear caused by accident or injury.
Most of these issues are present from birth, which can cause issues with the child’s self-esteem and be a source of ridicule from other children. Otoplasty can be performed on children, but it is best to wait until after the ears are fully developed in order to avoid jeopardizing the results. Most children can undergo ear surgery at around age five or six.
Ear Surgery: What to Expect
Ear surgery typically takes around two hours to perform, depending on the amount of work needed. Incisions are required, but they are made along the back of the ear and within the natural creases of the ear so that they are visually undetectable. Dissolvable sutures are typically used to retain the new ear shape during recovery.
Bandages will need to be worn for several days. Swelling, discoloration, and itching are to be expected and should dissipate over time. You will need to avoid sleeping directly on the ears during recovery.
In some cases, the earlobe has become stretched or has completely ripped, which can be very painful and can ruin the appearance of the ear. Plugs and gauges can leave large holes in the ear with dangling earlobes. Frequently wearing large heavy earrings can also stretch out the ears.
In some cases, an earring may catch onto something while the wearer is in motion, which can tear the lobe completely. This may also occur if too large a plug or gauge is used. In any of these instances, earlobe surgery can be performed to repair the damaged lobe and restore its normal appearance.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you or your child are in need of ear surgery to correct ear size, shape, or appearance, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lao. He is dedicated to providing our patients with the exceptional care they deserve.