If you or your child has a protruding ear that makes them self-conscious or you are wearing your hair in a certain way to hide your ears, then prominent ear surgery called otoplasty may be a good option. With both children and adults being affected, otoplasty can have a great benefit in improving self-confidence and esteem. The procedure can be completed on children as young as age 5, which is an ideal time as it can occur before Kindergarten begins.
During the consultation, Dr. Meier will examine the external appearance and structure of the ears and discuss possibilities for correction. Otoplasty may be recommended on both ears in order to gain better symmetry and balance. Dr. Meier will conduct a thorough medical history and review any medications with you. It is important to let Dr. Meier know of any previous ear surgeries.
You will arrive at the facility for the surgery and meet the nursing staff. They will review your paperwork and start an IV for anesthesia. You will then meet the board-certified anesthesiologist who will be administering the anesthetic for the procedure. They will ask you questions regarding yours or your child’s medical and surgical history and review the anesthesia process with you. Dr. Meier will also visit with you in the preoperative area prior to surgery.
Surgery begins with an incision behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear is joined to the head. Dr. Meier then shapes the cartilage into a more desirable form and pins the cartilage back with sutures to create a permanent effect. The procedure usually takes a few hours to get just right.
Soft dressings will be applied to the ears and will remain for 4 to 5 days. Most patients experience some mild discomfort. It is important to sleep in a fashion that will not disturb the operated area. Dr. Meier also recommends headbands to hold the ears in the desired position for two to four weeks after the surgery. He will give you detailed instructions regarding care after the surgery.
After healing, there will be a thin white scar behind the ear. This scar is in a natural crease behind the ear and is well hidden. Follow-up care is important so Dr. Meier can monitor the healing process.
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Your face is your most important feature as it gives both the first and lasting impression. Aesthetic style differs greatly between surgeons as it depends on not only acquired knowledge and experience, but also aesthetics and ability. Dr. Meier uses his expert knowledge, advanced skill and precision techniques to provide you with beautiful results and a natural appearance. That is his style in everything face so call our team for a consultation with Dr. Meier today.