Otoplasty (ear surgery) is an outpatient procedure that corrects cosmetic imperfections in the ear related to the shape, position, or size of the ear. These defects are either present at birth and become more apparent later on, or are the result of an injury.
Incisions are made either to the back of the ear or within the ear’s natural creases to hide incisions as much as possible. Otoplasty returns the ear to a natural shape and brings balance and proportion to the face.
Initial recovery from otoplastic surgery takes five to seven days. Full recovery generally takes about three weeks. There may be minor discomfort immediately following the surgery, which can be alleviated with pain medication. Bandages on the ear are required for several days after the surgery, followed by a headband to hold the ear in place and make sure it heals properly. This can be removed five to seven days after surgery, allowing the patient to return to normal day-to-day activities.
While there may be some itchiness beneath the bandages, it’s extremely important to keep bandages on the ear after the surgery. Premature removal may require a second surgery to correct improper healing.
There are minimal risks associated with otoplastic surgery. Generally, local anesthesia is sufficient, which lowers risks associated with “going under.” As with any surgery, there is a risk of bleeding and blood clots, though this is also very low for otoplasty. Other risks include post-surgical pain, visible scarring, unbalanced ear proportion, and skin discoloration/swelling.
If you’re interested in learning more about Otoplasty, or any of the procedures Dr. Potter performs, contact Dr. Potter through the online contact form, or call 512-867-6211.