An often, forgotten yet prominent feature of our bodies is our ears. For many people, our ears aren’t something we think about often but for others, they can be a major source of insecurity. In fact, otoplasty is the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedure for children. Whether it’s for you or your child, starting the year off with otoplasty might be the confidence-booster you need.
How long is an otoplasty procedure?
An otoplasty procedure usually takes around an hour per ear. Most otoplasty procedures can be done under local anesthesia in the comfort of our own office. Some children may have difficulty sitting still long enough and may need to be sedated at a hospital, however, so that may not be the case for them.
How is the procedure done?
The procedure itself is done by making small incisions behind the ear to remove skin and excess cartilage. This allows us to reshape your ear and bring it closer to your head. You may need more incisions depending on your ear and if there are other deformities we need to address. But don’t worry, these incisions are small, making scars hard to see and those you can see will fade with time.
What is recovery like?
Luckily, your ears don’t show discoloration, swelling, or pain nearly as much as other facial features and over-the-counter pain medication will likely be sufficient for pain management.
To aid in your recovery, you will need to wear a compression garment day and night for one week following surgery. If it seems like the healing is going well though, then you can switch to only wearing the garment at night for another week. Your stitches will be left in for a few weeks but they’re small.
It usually takes several days to get back to your normal routine after otoplasty. For children, it’s recommended that they be closely monitored to not bother or aggravate their sutures. Make sure they don’t play too rough during this recovery period.