What is ear surgery and why should I consider it?

Apart from the face, Dr. Dorner’s patients have also been looking to enhance the appearance of other parts of their bodies, including the ears, playing a part in the overall improvement of their physical appearance. Ear surgery, or what is otherwise known as otoplasty, is the process of surgically improving the shape, proportions, and position of the outer ear. In addition to its cosmetic advantages, ear surgery is often used to correct imperfections in the structure of the patient’s ear brought about by congenital defects, injury, or other factors. Generally, ear surgery is recommended for patients who have abnormally large ears, a characteristic of a condition called macrotia. It is also used to correct protruding ears that may affect one, or both, of the patient’s ears with varying intensity. Adults and children alike who have had previous procedures done but are dissatisfied with the results may also undergo a corrective your surgery to regain the ears’ aesthetic appearance.

What should I expect during ear surgery?

  1. According to Dr. Dorner’s recommendations, patients will receive general anesthesia prior to the surgery, or local anesthesia with sedation, to reduce discomfort during the procedure.
  2. Incisions for ear surgery are typically made at the back of the ear to conceal them. Incisions are done to allow doctors to correct ear protrusion through the following methods:
    Increasing the surface area of the anti-helical fold, or the C-shaped structure just inside the rim of the ear
    Reducing the conchal cartilage, or the deep concave area of the external ear, in cases when it is enlarged and thus resulting in protruding ears
  3. If incisions in the front of the ear are required, they will be made along the natural folds and creases of the ear to hide scarring.
  4. Internal sutures will be used to hold the reshaped cartilage in place.
  5. To close the incisions, external stitches will be used carefully to preserve the appearance of the ear, and avoid a pinned-back look.

When will I see the results?

The results of an ear surgery are generally noticeable immediately after the procedure, especially when correcting protruding ears. However, during the initial phase of the healing period, the ears will be dressed in bandages that will hold and support the reshaped structure for several days. The final results will be seen after the bandages are removed and the swelling and bruising has gone down.

What should I do during recovery?

Dr. Dorner advises his patients that during the recovery period, the bandages must stay on for the recommended amount of time to preserve the correction that has been done. If the patient feels any amount of discomfort, pain medication will be prescribed to keep it under control. For signs of complications or infections, patients will be asked to seek medical attention immediately.