Understanding Otoplasty: A Comprehensive Guide

Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure designed to alter the position, shape, and size of the ears. It’s commonly done for patients who are self-conscious about their ears sticking too far or being too large. It can also be done to repair asymmetries created by injuries or birth defects. No matter what your reasons, otoplasty is a great way to give you a more proportional look. Here is what to know about otoplasty and how our board-certified plastic surgeons can help here at Plastic Surgery Associates.

Am I a Good Candidate? 

Otoplasty is typically performed on older children and adults, but it can be done on anyone with fully grown ears. The ears generally reach their full size around the age of five. As long as you are healthy, have reasonable expectations, and don’t have any conditions preventing wound healing, then you’re likely a great candidate for otoplasty. 

Benefits of Otoplasty 

Otoplasty can be used to correct almost any imperfection with the ears. This includes protruding ears, asymmetrical ears, and ears that are too proportionally large. The biggest benefit of otoplasty is the vast enhancement of self-confidence. Correcting the shape and position of the ears to create a more balanced appearance will help you love the way you look, especially if you were previously teased about your ears. You can also expect to enjoy your new look for the rest of your life. The changes to the ear cartilage during otoplasty will remain stable over time to create a permanent new appearance. All of this is also done with minimal risks and downtime.

What to Expect During Otoplasty

To begin your otoplasty procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic to ensure you feel no pain during the procedure. Small incisions will be made on the back of the ear or the ear’s inner crease. The location of the incisions is ultimately determined by each individual case, and your plastic surgeon will work with you to determine the best approach. The excess cartilage and skin are removed through the incision. The ear is then secured into its new position with sutures. The entire otoplasty takes about two hours and can be performed at our state-of-the-art accredited surgical suite.

Recovery From Otoplasty 

Your ears will be wrapped immediately after the surgery. Someone will need to drive you home shortly after. You will return in a few days to get your bandages removed and check your progress with our team. You must avoid putting pressure on the ears during the recovery process – this means you will not be able to sleep on your side for a few weeks. You must also avoid wearing glasses and earrings during this time. Light activities can be performed almost immediately, but strenuous activities should be avoided for two to four weeks. 

Otoplasty in Grand Rapids, MI

The first step to transforming your confidence is by booking a consultation here at Plastic Surgery Associates in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons will work with you to develop a tailored solution. Contact us through our online form to get started.

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