Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
What is otoplasty?
Often, otoplasty (ear surgery) is done for children aged about 4 to 14. It’s done to prevent teasing or humiliation when the ears protrude too much or “look funny”, and since our ears are fully grown by age 4 or 5, it’s best done as early as possible.
Just as often, those kids don’t have it done and grow into adults who can benefit just as much from ear surgery, so that many men and women decide to have their ears improved as adults. Adults don’t incur any extra risk, and for many, it is actually easier since they can have surgery under local anesthesia. Otoplasty can remedy many conditions of the external ear including:
Am I a good candidate for ear pinning?
Yes, if you’re:
- Over 3 years old
- In good general health
- Realistic in your expectations of the outcome
Is anesthesia used during ear surgery?
It can be done with either a local anesthetic combined with some IV or oral sedation for adults, or with general anesthesia in children. Dr. Fante will discuss this with you.
How can I prepare for otoplasty?
Dr. Fante will give you specific pre-op instructions. Your head won’t have to be shaved.
If it’s for a child:
Can I have other procedures done at the same time as ear surgery?
Yes. Otoplasty is often done in conjunction with other procedures, such as:
You can ask Dr. Fante about combinations you’d like to have, and discuss the possibilities before anything is done.
Will I have to take time off work after ear surgery?
Yes, a little. Most people return to work after 7 to 14 days.
Will there be scars after otoplasty?
All incisions leave scars. For cosmetic ear surgery, the scars are usually hidden behind the ear and heal very well. Some kinds of earlobe repair and improvement of certain ear deformities will require an incision and scar on the front of the ear. In these cases, every attempt is made to hide the scar along natural lines.
We’re all different when it comes to scarring, and it’s partly determined by our heredity. Some of us form small, faded scars rather easily. Others form larger, more pigmented scars. This is not easily predictable.
However, any over-large scars can be treated by minor follow-up surgery.
Dr. Fante makes the incisions as small as possible, and as discreetly placed as possible, for the best overall outcome for you. Each otoplasty is individualized, and you can discuss scarring questions with Dr. Fante before any procedure is started.
Recovery after otoplasty
You can be back on your feet within a few hours. Dr. Fante will give you written directions for post-op care.
Schedule a consultation
Most people, whether children or adults, are very happy with their new ears. Once healing is complete, the results are permanent. If you feel that you are a good candidate for ear surgery (Otoplasty) call our office in Denver today! Call (303) 839-1616 to schedule a consultation.