An ear correction surgical procedure is an operation that surgeons perform to enhance your ears’ aesthetic appearance and functions. It involves altering the shape, overall size, and proportions of these vital hearing organs. You might want to consider undergoing this surgery for the following reasons:
- To rectify a structural abnormality in your ears resulting from a congenital disability or serious injury,
- To correct a condition known as macrotia where your ears tend to be overly large, or
- You dislike the fact that both ears protrude by more than two centimeters from your head.
Who is an ideal candidate for ear correction surgery?
Qualified cosmetic surgeons specializing in this surgery do not perform it on all their patients. To undergo the procedure, you need to satisfy the following essential conditions:
- You are not suffering from a life-threatening disease or medical condition which can aggravate your healing,
- You do not have a chronic ear infection, and
- You abstain from smoking all forms of tobacco products.
What do you need to do before undergoing the procedure?
You first need to consult a qualified and board-certified cosmetic surgeon who specializes in performing an ear correction surgery. He should have adequate experience and a good track-record of conducting these procedures to his patients’ satisfaction. You can browse the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website to find an experienced professional with proven track records. This doctor will:
- Review your previous medical history,
- Physically exam the present condition of your ears,
- Explain to you what an ear correction surgical procedure involves, its costs, and inherent risks
- Insist you ask questions to clarify your doubts.
During the operation
Your cosmetic surgeon generally takes between one to three hours to perform an ear correction procedure. He will first proceed to sedate you with general or local anesthesia. Then he will:
- Make incisions either at the back or inside of the folds of your ears,
- Manipulate the tissues of your ears by removing, folding, re-shaping, or grafting the relevant cartilages,
- Proceed to permanently stitch up the above changes to the cartilages in your ears, and
- Close the initial incisions with stitches.
After the operation, the surgeon will cover the region with clean and dry bandages. He will then instruct you to:
- Avoid touching or scratching your ears
- Not to wear clothes which you have to pull over your ears,
- Avoid resting on your ears when sleeping in bed at night, and
- Wear an elastic headband at all times for at least six weeks.
Your surgeon will examine you after a week, at which time the stitches will dissolve. Then he will inform you when to return to your normal activities.
Undergoing an ear correction surgery under the guidance of a qualified and Board-certified surgeon can improve your facial appearance with success. Your ears will be in proportion to the rest of your head after the procedure. However, you need to be aware of this operation’s inherent risks to make an informed decision and make sure you give yourself sufficient time for recovery before going ahead with the surgery.