Otoplasty, or ear surgery is the surgery to correct overly prominent ears. Statistics show that otoplasty is a highly satisfying procedure for the majority of patients, with a satisfaction rate above 95 percent.
Prominent ears are caused by a defect in the ear cartilage structure, which basically means that the ear cartilage has failed to properly fold. With ear surgery, the doctor can correct ear folds and improve the proportional and aesthetic relationship of the head and ears. For adults, ear surgery procedure can usually be performed using only local anesthesia, which definitely reduces the immediate post-op recovery period.
During otoplasty, the doctor makes a small incision behind each ear and then removes excess tissues and remodels the cartilage and skin to effectively “pin back” the ears. Incisions are closed with dissolvable or removable sutures, and the entire procedure takes roughly 2-3 hours to perform.
The otoplasty recovery period is approximately 1-2 weeks but most patients are capable of returning to work and school, as well as resuming normal daily activities, within a few days of the procedure.
You can expect swelling and bruising to mostly subside with the first week of the surgery and begin enjoying your final ear surgery results within at least three months This can vary from person to person.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person