Cosmetic or reconstructive, Otoplasty is available at SJ Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach, VA.
Two reasons people choose Otoplasty (ear surgery) is to correct their ears from sticking out (ear pinning) or address the unevenness of their ears. In addition, cosmetic ear surgery at SJ Plastic Surgery provides significant improvement of the outer ear's size, shape, and positioning. At our office in Virginia Beach, VA, men, women, and children over five are ideal candidates for Otoplasty. Learn more about Otoplasty and if it is a suitable procedure for you or your child by scheduling a consultation today.
Otoplasty or ear surgery is an outpatient surgical procedure that corrects the size and shape of your ears. It also improves ear deformities or changes the shape of earlobes. Otoplasty is safe for children over the age of five, but the doctor will need to evaluate to ensure the ear is fully formed.
It is vital to be in overall good health and a non-smoker. However, it is imperative for patients to have clear and reasonable expectations of the results from their Otoplasty. Every ear is unique, just like your fingerprints. However, the size and shape of your ears provides a function, and normal ears are supposed to stick out from your head. In addition to helping you hear sounds, your ear protrusion enables proper space to wash behind your ears, wear glasses, earbuds, and even hearing aids. During your Otoplasty, your surgeon will assess your concerns and discuss your surgical options. For example, some candidates with bleeding disorders, wound-healing disorders, or other chronic medical conditions may not be ideal candidates for ear surgery.
Depending on the complexity of your surgery, your Otoplasty could take between one to three hours. Local or general anesthesia will be administered to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. There are a few different methods your surgeon can use, but this depends on the type of Otoplasty performed. Incisions are typically made behind your ear so that they cannot be seen, and the excess tissue can be removed, folded, or re-shaped with stitches. Once the desired outcome is reached, bandages are applied and wrapped around your head to protect the area and keep your ears in place.
Compared to other surgeries, ear surgery is less invasive and offers minimal recovery and discomfort. A few days after your procedure, the dressings around your head are replaced with a soft headband, which is still needed for protection and will be worn for three weeks continuously followed by three weeks only at night. Depending on your surgical approach, you may need to keep your head elevated while sleeping and refrain from placing pressure on your ears. One week post-op, the sutures are removed. You can expect your ears to be slightly swollen and bruised for one to two weeks. Any discomfort, such as itching or throbbing, can be alleviated with oral pain medications. Children and adults can resume sports or other strenuous activities in four to six weeks. Once any swelling subsides, you will notice your complete results. Most patients see significant change, depending on the type of ear surgery and our results can last a lifetime!
Our surgeons are board-certified and specialize in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast, and body. When you need patient and empathetic care, our dedicated and skilled staff will guide you through your surgical process. Our doctors are committed to helping every patient achieve their aesthetic goal through a personalized approach for beautiful and natural-looking results.
You are kept very comfortable during surgery through either a local anesthetic or general sedation. As you heal, you may experience some throbbing in your ears or itchiness, but you should expect this to subside in about five to seven days and are often alleviated with over-the-counter medications.
Otoplasty is a safe and effective surgical procedure that corrects the appearance of your ears. Complications are rare, but some risks include asymmetry, poor scarring, or infection. Strict adherence to wearing a headband is important to help prevent recurrence.
Each patient receives a customized treatment plan that addresses their specific concerns. Therefore procedure costs may vary from patient to patient. During your consultation, the surgical staff will discuss your options and the cost of your surgery.
SJ Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach & Chesapeake
At SJ Plastic Surgery, we believe in treating each patient as though they are family. Our years of training and experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery are at your service. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about Virginia Beach Plastic Surgery at SJ Plastic Surgery Clinic.