If you have ears that stick out, seem too large, or are misshapen, you may have spent a lifetime hiding them. Whether the appearance of your ears is due to a congenital deformity or because of trauma, at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we offer otoplasty (or ear shaping surgery). Dr. Terrasse will utilize his extensive expertise and experience to modify your ear tissue, greatly improving the shape, size, prominence, and overall appearance.
What is Otoplasty?
Although there are probably millions of people who are unhappy with the appearance of their ears, otoplasty only accounts for about two percent of all cosmetic surgery procedures across the globe. Otoplasty is one of the few plastic surgeries that can be performed on children as young as five, because it is a safe procedure that can have a life-changing effect on the patient. Otoplasty also encompasses reconstructive surgery on the ears, repairing issues resulting from trauma or previous surgeries.
Otoplasty cannot fix problems related to loss of hearing or function, but it can:
- Correct structural defects of the ear
- Reduce the size of overly large ears (known as macrotia)
- Correct ears that are asymmetrical or protruding
- Restore balance and proportion to your face
What to Expect from Your Otoplasty Procedure
At your initial consultation with Dr. Terrasse, he will talk with you about your concerns, and examine your ears to determine a course of action. No matter whether your problem is cosmetic or reconstructive, Dr. Terrasse will come up with a treatment plan customized to your unique needs.
Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure, performed using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. The technique used will depend on your desired result, but in general, all incisions used in otoplasty are made on the surface behind the ear. Any necessary incisions on the front of the ear are hidden within the natural folds of your ears. No matter the incision placement, Dr. Terrasse uses meticulous, precise sutures to ensure that there is minimal scarring.
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Ear Reshaping Results
After your surgery, you may experience some minor discomfort or mild swelling, but this is normal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication or ice. Dr. Terrasse will provide you with post-surgery instructions, as well as schedule follow-up appointments to ensure that you are healing properly. You will be able to resume your normal routine within about three days of the procedure and get back to exercise and more physical activity in a couple of weeks.
The results of your otoplasty will be visible immediately, although your full results won’t be evident until one to three weeks after your surgery, depending on how extensive the surgery was and how quickly you heal. Results are lasting, and you can return to your life feeling confident and happy with your appearance.
If your child suffers from low self-esteem due to their ears, or if you are an adult who understands the profound effect that disproportionate or deformed ears can have on your self-confidence, Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery can help. Call us today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation.