Before and After
Children, as well as adults with ears that stick out or are misshaped, have long been victims of cruel nicknames like “Dumbo: and “Mikey Mouse”. Children become very self-conscious and often emotionally upset. These children often don’t want to go to school because of classroom teasing. The ears have reached bout (0% of their adult size by the age of five. Otoplasty or ear surgery correct ears that stick out and are asymmetrical or misshaped.
Your Consultation with Dr. Williams
Dr. Williams feels that the most important part of the consultation is to listen to you and understand what you want to achieve. During your consultation, Dr. Williams will discuss with you and explain the procedure and your expected results. Each of the possible options for the surgery will also be explained. Depending upon your goals, alternatives, as well as additional procedures, may be recommended. The goal is for you to be fully informed so that you are confident that the choice you make is the right one to give you the result you want.
Candidates for Ear Surgery-Otoplasty
- Overly large or asymmetrical ears since birth or due to injury
- Ears that excessively stick out
- Asymmetrical size, shape or position of the ears.
Surgery of the Ear
The type of procedure done is customized to the individual condition of the patient’s ears. “Pinning” and re-shaping of the ears is the most common type of ear surgery. The reason for protruding ears is most often due to a lack of folding of the ear cartilage or excess protruding cartilage. In these cases, an incision is made behind the ear. The ear cartilage is folded and shaped. Sutures are placed in the cartilage to keep the shape and position. Excess protruding cartilage is trimmed. Some skin may also have to be removed and the incision closed.
Recovery from Ear Surgery-Otoplasty
A large bulky protective dressing is placed over the ears. This is kept in place several days to prevent accidentally pulling on the ears. Once the dressing is removed the ears can be gently washed. It is also recommended to wear a soft headband over the ears at night for a week or so as well. Most patients will be happy and confident with their new appearance within a week of surgery.
Planning Your Procedure
The procedure is performed at the Plastic Surgery Center. This is performed in a nationally accredited (AAAASF) surgical facility. This ensures that the surgery is done in complete privacy and that it is done with the highest quality of patient safety standards for ambulatory surgery. Prior to surgery, all cases are reviewed in conjunction with Dr. Williams and Anesthesia. Depending upon your present health and the type of procedure planned it may be necessary to have lab work done prior to surgery.
Dr. Williams will discuss with you and give you instructions for before and after your surgery. The surgery is outpatient surgery. That means that you will be able to go home after the surgery. It will be necessary for you to have a caregiver with you for 24 hours after your surgery. This is to ensure your safety and that all necessary post-operative instruction are followed. If you do not have a caregiver, arrangements can be made for this. Dr. Williams understands that patients and their caregivers often have anxiety, concerns, and questions after surgery. Dr. Williams is always available 24 hours a day to respond to you. Every effort is made throughout to make certain that you have a great experience and that you obtain your best possible desired result.