Otoplasty Miami | Cosmetic Ear Surgery
What is Otoplasty?
Many people, especially children, suffer from self-image issues associated with having misshaped or protruding ears. This can cause great distress to a young person. Parents with children suffering from these issues may consider otoplasty as an option to change the overall harmony of the face for the years to come.
Otoplasty is the corrective surgery to correct abnormal ear structure. Although adults can undergo the surgery, most patients are children aged four to 14. In addition to correcting protruding ears, otoplasty also corrects large ear lobes, ‘lop ear’, ‘shell ear’.
Who Should Consider Otoplasty?
The ideal candidates for otoplasty are:
- Healthy children aged 4-14
- Children that are unhappy with the look of their ears
- Children that have defects in ear structure
What to Expect?
Prior to otoplasty surgery, Dr. Marshall will likely have you:
- Adjust or add medication
- Stop smoking
- Avoid taking aspirin
On the day of your otoplasty, your procedure will involve the following steps:
- Anesthesia. Dr. Marshall will recommend whether you should undergo intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Otoplasty surgery is usually completed in about 2-3 hours. Adults having a cosmetic ear surgery usually receive a local anesthetic. Children usually are given general anesthesia to ensure minimal movement.
- Incision. Dr. Marshall will make an incision on the back of the ear. When incisions are necessary on the front of the ear, they are made within its folds to hide them. Dr. Marshall will then do one of several things:
- Cut out the ear cartilage causing the ears to me misshaped.
- Fold and stitch the cartilage instead of cutting it away.
- The plastic surgeon then uses small, internal, non-removable sutures to create secure the newly shaped cartilage in place. Once complete, the site of your operation will be secured with stitches.
- Recovery. After receiving your otoplasty at Marshall Cosmétique Center in Miami, you or your child should expect the area in an around the incision(s) to show swelling, fluid retention and even bruising. Bandages are used to reduce swelling and compress the skin. Children should prepare to stay home for at least one week.
When Can You Return to Work or School?
Parents should prepare to stay home with their child for at least one week. Children should not resume physical activity for at least two weeks.