Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Before Otoplasty Surgery
To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to surgery. In addition, a complete examination of your ears is made in order to take the most effective surgical approach and outcome.
Our team will provide you with pre-operative instructions that may include the elimination of smoking and specific drugs containing aspirin several weeks before surgery to minimize excess bleeding. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent infection.
Digital photographs are taken in order to plan the procedure and document the amount of improvement after surgery.
Protruding or prominent ears can be repositioned or shaped by the procedure called Otoplasty.
Otoplasty is commonly referred to as “pinning back” the ears but it is a more elegant procedure than that name implies. It is available for children once their ears have stopped developing around the age of six.
Prominent ears can be the cause of psychological stress and trauma and should be treated at a young age before it becomes a serious issue. Dr. Reynolds is trained in several surgical procedures, in order to eliminate the majority of the problems related to protruding ears.
The procedure can be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Our doctors may surgically fold the cartilage at points where the natural folds are missing or remove excess cartilage or reposition the ear at a natural angle or all of the above. Sutures are placed and bandages applied to speed the healing process. The procedure typically takes only a few hours.
After the operation patients should expect bruising around the area that fades in 2 to 3 weeks. Pain associated with operation is minimal and can be easily treated with oral medication. The bandages are only needed for a few days and should be replaced with a lighter dressing. Refraining from sleeping on the ears is required and patients are advised to use a very soft pillow. Showering and shampooing may begin after a few days. Expect two to three days of recovery before normal activities can be performed. Consult with our doctos before attempting any athletic or precarious activities that may affect the healing process.
To preview Pre-Operative Instructions, Consent and Post-Operative Instructions along with the scheduled visits, see Surgical Instructions>Otoplasty.
To view our photo gallery see Before and After Gallery.