What is an Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a form of ear surgery performed to set disproportionately large or prominent ears into a more normal position. The objective of otoplasty is to create more natural and better-positioned ears. Since incisions are made in the back of the ears, the scars tend to be concealed in the creases.
This procedure helps reshape the outer ear and reduce any protruding ears or abnormalities. For a successful procedure, a skilled and experienced surgeon must be able to have the right eye to provide results you can be proud of. Dr. Rachel Walker at the Plastic Surgery Center of Dallas has vast experience and can help you obtain the cosmetic goals you desire.
How is Ear Surgery performed?
There are several possible surgical approaches to otoplasty. Using a commonly employed technique, the surgeon makes incisions in the back of the ear and elevates the skin to expose the ear cartilage. Sutures may be used to hold the cartilage in position but sculpting techniques to cause accurate relaxation and rolling back of the cartilage may be more artistic and natural in appearance.
Sometimes a wedge of cartilage must be removed. The incisions are closed with sutures. A firmly compressive bulky dressing is usually left in place for a week. The ears are very sensitive and there is some soreness and discomfort which requires a few days of medication to be comfortable. Otoplasty is one of the most artistic procedures in plastic surgery. It pays to select a surgeon who enjoys it and can demonstrate pictures of good quality work.
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When Is It a Good Time To Get Otoplasty Surgery?
An appropriate age for Otoplasty surgery is actually all ages. For most people, the ear is fully developed and stops growing at the age of five. For this reason, an Otoplasty surgery is a possibility after the age of five or six, as growth and development can no longer be impaired after this age. Around this age is also the time children can begin to notice abnormal ears if present. This makes this age an ideal time to get Otoplasty surgery.
Abnormal ears can also begin to set in later teenage years, which can lower self esteem, confidence, and make social gatherings harder for a teen to attend. Our appearance and how we look is so important to each individual, and can have a profound effect on the decisions we make and things we do. For that reason, it's really never too late to have Otoplasty surgery done if you are not happy with how your ears look.
After getting an Otoplasty procedure done, you may need a week off from school, work, sports, and other activities and commitments to maintain the results. A bandage is wrapped around the head over the ears to protect your ears and help alleviate any pressure on the area. Since otoplasty isn’t the most common cosmetic surgery available, it is important to have this work done by an experienced professional, like Dr. Walker, to ensure the best results are obtained.
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At the Plastic Surgery Center of Dallas, Dr. Walker and her team of healthcare professionals are dedicated to helping you reach your beauty and wellness goals. With the help of state-of-the-art technology and equipment, we strive to provide you with the best results possible, as well as the best care and service. We believe that you should be able to look how you feel and achieve the aesthetic appearance of your dreams.
If you are embarrassed by the way your ears look, please contact our experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Rachel Walker today at (972) 661-5077 to schedule a consultation. Alternatively, fill out our online contact form and we'll get back to you! Located in Dallas, TX, our team looks forward to meeting you and helping you start the journey to a happier and more confident you!