Contemplating an Otopalsty
An Otoplasty is preformed to change the shape, size and the position of the ears. This procedure can be done at a very young age, starting at three years old. A good candidate for this procedure has one or more of the following concerns:
- Ears stick out and are more visible than desired.
- Ears are not symmetrical or are different shapes
- Ear size is too large in proportion to one’s face.
Preparing for the Procedure
During your consultation with Dr. Anton, expectations and questions will be addressed. Planning a convenient time to have the procedure is usually the most difficult part of the surgery process for the patient. It is ideal to plan this procedure eight weeks or more before an important social event such as a wedding or reunion. Generally, after two weeks most of the swelling will subside.
About the Procedure
This procedure takes approximately 2 – 3 hours and is done under general anesthesia. Incisions are strategically placed behind the ears. Scars are very thin and well-hidden and almost unnoticeable once they are healed.
What to Expect After Surgery
Most patients wake from surgery feeling tired and groggy. Your head and ears will be wrapped in an ace bandage type of garment. Swelling is to be expected and is most prominent immediately after the surgery, gradually subsiding throughout the post-operative process. Mild to moderate pain is to be expected, however, it is usually alleviated by prescription pain medication. Overall, most patients feel their surgery was less painful than anticipated and are able to discontinue their pain medication after 4-5 days.
Your activities will be restricted for a full two-week period including; no lifting, bending or straining of any kind. You will be advised during your post-operative appointments regarding these restrictions. The healing process varies from patient to patient and activity level is decided on an individual basis.