Ear & Earlobe Surgery (Otoplasty)

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Ear and Earlobe (Otoplasty) Surgery Overview

Otoplasty and earlobe surgery are procedures to reduce and shape large protruding ears, or to correct injury or damage to the earlobe. Otoplasty is commonly performed on children and adolescents when the ears are large or floppy causing embarrassment and self consciousness. Earlobe surgery is most commonly performed on adolescents and young adults usually after injuries caused by an earring.

Otoplasty can be performed on children as young as five. Since otoplasty is a relatively simple procedure, the potential for a positive change in self confidence and self esteem might be worth the surgery to reduce the size or shape of the ears.

Earlobe repair is usually necessary if heavy earrings are worn over a long period of time causing the piercing to stretch out or because an earring is ripped out from the ear tearing away part of the lobe. Earlobe damage can be unsightly, and since earlobe repair is safe and relatively economical, many people choose to have their earlobes repaired. Often after an earlobe repair, the ear can even be re-pierced and adorned with light weight earrings.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in otoplasty and earlobe surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Otoplasty and Earlobe Surgery

Having realistic expectations about how your looks will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe surgery will fix your life problems, make you more popular or cure depression. Having otoplasty or earlobe surgery will help your ears protrude less or will repair damage. To have nice looking ears may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with the prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine candidacy for you or your child for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

There are many different techniques for earlobe surgery and standard techniques for otoplasty. Many surgeons have their own style and methods. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire and who has experience with ear surgery. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their procedures by looking at before-and-after pictures.

If this surgery is for your child, it is important that they want to have the changes the surgeon will be making. Though you may feel surgery is best, if your child is resistant to the idea, even if they are too young to understand the potential positive outcome of the surgery, it would be better to wait until they are interested in the procedure.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery for you or your child, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you or your child have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you or your child has any pre-existing medical conditions.

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Board-Certified Surgeons. If you already have a surgeon in mind, we can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgery or your child’s surgery will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, the surgery, the recovery and the result.

Otoplasty and Earlobe Surgery Recovery

The most important aspect of otoplasty and earlobe surgery is the recovery. No matter how good the surgery, if the results are damaged before healing is completed, the surgery will not be successful. It is absolutely necessary to wear protective bandages for up to six weeks. Pulling at the ears can ruin the placement of very fine sutures and the final result. For these reasons, children who are not ready to have the surgery should wait until they are ready to go through the recovery process. It is also important to keep the ears and the incision site clean so infection won’t occur.

Because the recovery process is long and requires a visible head band or bandages, scheduling surgery while school is out might be beneficial. Sports and other summer activities will need to be avoided for many weeks in order for the ears to heal completely without damaging the results.

Otoplasty and Earlobe Surgery Risks

Any surgical procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications. Serious complications from otoplasty or earlobe repair are very rare.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • How likely is the risk of infection?
  • Is there a possibility that a revision might be needed?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with otoplasty or earlobe surgery nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Otoplasty and Earlobe Surgery

Otoplasty and earlobe repair are permanent procedures and will last a lifetime if the ears are allowed to heal completely. Taking good care of your ears or your child’s ears will help to preserve the results.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your treatment is to choose the right surgeon; therefore all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in ear surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.