Disproportionate facial contour can be a sensitive topic for many people who are unhappy with certain features of their face. One characteristic that can be difficult to hide without wearing large hats or sporting long hair are large and oversized ears that are disproportionate to the rest of the face. It’s not an uncommon problem, but it can leave a heavy weight on anyone’s self esteem and confidence. Luckily, there are otoplasty plastic surgery procedures available which can promptly transform a person’s ear and essentially their confidence.
How is Otoplasty Performed?
Otoplasty, another word for “pin back” ear surgery, can reduce excess cartilage and skin from the ear during a short surgical procedure. The surgeon is not actually pinning back the ears reduce the wide look of the ears, but the result of the surgery are ears that look pin backed compared to it’s original state. During the procedure, the surgeon will make an incision on the ear’s fold. Any cartilage or soft tissue that causes the ear to stick out too much away from the face can be removed. If one issue you have is that the ears are missing a natural fold, then the cartilage can be reshaped to create it. One great aspect of otoplasty is that any scar you may have from the procedure will likely not be visible because the incision is made in an inconspicuous location.
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What to Expect Post Surgery
Recovery time for cosmetic ear surgery is usually only about seven days. In the first few days after the surgery, you will be asked to keep on soft dressings applied to your ears by the doctor and although it may be uncomfortable especially if you sleep on your side, you will need to sleep on your back in order to keep pressure off of your ears. It may also be recommended to wear a headband for 2 weeks in order to keep the desired position of the ears.
If you are considering cosmetic ear surgery, contact a cosmetic surgeon (such as Paul Chasan MD in San Diego) to find out more information and whether you are a candidate for the surgery.
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