Ear Surgery – Otoplasty

Otoplasty is the medical term for the surgical correction of protruding ears. The condition is genetic in origin and its occurrence appears to be equally divided between males and females.

Most otoplasty procedures are performed between ages four to fourteen with the second largest group of patients in their twenties and thirties. The early age of correction is not surprising since 85% of the ear is developed by age three, in addition, to the degree of social embarrassment and ridicule placed on patients with ear deformities.

Protruding or unnatural appearing ears are typically caused by an underdevelopment or overdevelopment of specific areas. Sometimes there is a combination of under and over development. The procedures to correct protruding ears are well established and can be performed on an outpatient basis.

The procedure involves incisions placed behind the ears, leaving them unrecognizable after healing is completed. Depending on the cause of the protruding ears sutures are used and placed in precise location to reshape and correct the appearance of the ear. After the procedures the ears are wrapped with a headband, which is typically removed a short time after surgery. The dramatic change and quick recovery has placed otoplasty procedures among the highest in patient satisfaction of all cosmetic procedures.

• Preparing for Otoplasty Surgery
• Avoid getting the mastoid dressing wet while bathing.
• Sleep with head elevated above heart. Avoid sleeping on sides of ears.
• No vigorous exercise for approximately 3 weeks or recommended by you doctor.
• No swimming or surfing for 3 weeks.
• Avoid bending, lifting, or straining for 1 week.
• Mastoid dressing will be removed the day after surgery for patients 10 years and older. For patients 10 years and younger, the mastoid dressing will be kept in place up to 10 days depending on the child.
• Sutures will be removed in 7 days.
• Take all medications until finished as directed by your doctor.

Areas of concern following surgery:

Pain medication not managing level of discomfort.
Nausea or vomiting 24 hours after surgery.
A temperature of 100 degrees or higher 1-2 days following surgery.
Should these issues arise, please feel free to contact the doctor at (949) 496-2202 during office hours and through our exchange after hours at the same number.

***Please use the entrance to our surgery center, 100C for all post-operative appointments. Ring the doorbell and our office staff will assist you. This entrance allows us to accommodate your need for privacy and comfort.

***Your surgeon and medical staff may be reached at (949) 276-4141 during office hours. If you are calling after hours, please dial (949) 276-4141 and review the following options: 4 will page the surgeon, 5 will direct your call to the surgery center, 6 will direct your call to the overnight suite.

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