The size and shape of ears can be a source of insecurity, especially in children and young adults. Otoplasty (ear reshaping) can create a more symmetrical balance to the whole face or pin back prominent, distracting ears. Furthermore, Kerolus Facial Plastic Surgery's cosmetic ear surgery can improve the ear's size, shape and location. Men, women, and children over the age of five are all good candidates for an otoplasty. Schedule an Atlanta Otoplasty consultation today to learn more about the procedure and whether it is a suitable operation for you or your child.
A symmetrical look
Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure performed to improve the positioning or shape of the ears. Sometimes, a protruding ear is caused by the lack of normal folds or excess cartilage.
The ears may be asymmetrical, making the face look off-balance. Otoplasty addresses these concerns by sculpting the cartilage and tailoring skin to create symmetry and a natural appearance. No matter the reason, patient satisfaction with the surgery is extremely high. Some adults have waited their entire lives for this procedure, and they are looking forward to restoring their self-confidence.
Some people are self-conscious about their looks because of their prominent ears. Children, in particular, have long been vulnerable to taunting or bullying at school as a result of large ears.
Otoplasty is frequently performed on children and teenagers who require ear correction. Children in good health and who do not have untreated or chronic ear infections are good candidates. Before undergoing otoplasty surgery, children should be five years old or older since the ear's cartilage is solid enough for surgery at this age, and the ear has grown to 80 percent of its adult size. Considering this, a large number of adults have also sought otoplasty.
Teenagers and adults who are suitable candidates include those in good health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations for the procedure's outcome.
Otoplasty is usually an outpatient operation. Depending on the intricacies of the process, it can take anywhere from one to two hours.
For adults, this procedure is generally performed under local anesthesia in the office. General anesthesia may be utilized in some instances. For younger children undergoing otoplasty, general anesthesia is usually advised. The surgical procedure employed will be determined by the type of otoplasty required. Otoplasty, in general, entails making an incision on the back of your ear or inside the folds of your ear. Removing cartilage or skin from the ear, bending and sculpting cartilage with permanent sutures, or grafting cartilage to the ear are all examples of ear tissue manipulation. Stitches are then used to close the incisions.
Following your procedure for otoplasty Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kerolus will place a dressing over your ears. Make sure your dressing is kept clean and dry. While you're recovering, try to avoid scratching or rubbing your ears, choose a sleeping posture that does not place your head on your ears, and wear button-up shirts or other apparel that you don't have to pull over your head. Stitches may also need to be removed in some circumstances. If this is necessary, Dr. Kerolus will inform you. Some stitches dissolve on their own.
See the results right away
Ear surgery provides virtually immediate benefits in situations of protruding ears. When the bandages that support the new shape of the ear during the initial recovery phases are removed, you will see the results. Surgical scars are either covered behind the ear or well-disguised inside the natural creases of the ear with the ear permanently positioned closer to the head. We recommend taking at least five to seven days off from work. While the most crucial healing occurs in the first week following ear surgery, complete recovery can take several weeks. However, you will be able to operate normally throughout this time and may return to work.
Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Julia Kerolus cares about her patients and is ready to lend an ear to your concerns. If large or asymmetrical ears are bothering you or your child, schedule a consultation for Otoplasty in Atlanta to learn how the Kerolus Facial Plastic Surgery team can give you the look you want.
While everyone experiences pain at different levels, the actual procedure is made as comfortable as possible. Some discomfort following the procedure is expected but significant pain is rare and should be communicated to Dr. Kerolus.
Bleeding and bruising are expected with most surgeries. Numbness, infection, and scarring are among some risks that Dr. Kerolus will discuss with you during your consultation.
Unless you have had any issues, you should be able to go home the same day as your operation. However, if you had a general anesthetic, you will need someone to transport you home and stay with you until the general anesthetic's full effects have worn off.
Taking care of yourself is about more than just annual check-ups and eating right. You also want to preserve your ability to look and feel your best. If you feel like you have an area that you want to improve through plastic surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kerolus. She will make sure you find the right treatment for your best results.
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