OTOPLASTY (EAR RESHAPING)
Who is a candidate for otoplasty?
The most common reason to have surgery on the external ear is simply for ears being too big and prominent. This is often because the cartilage that forms the ear does not have a ridge called the antihelical fold. There are many techniques to setting the ears back, but one involves recreating this fold with permanent sutures. An incision is made behind the ear to place sutures, remove any cartilage needed, and score cartilage to encourage it to maintain its shape. Dr. Saxon has in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of the shape of the ear since she has special expertise in microtia reconstruction. She uses her knowledge of form and function to give a natural result.
What is recovery like after otoplasty?
Immediately after surgery a compressive dressing is placed over the ears to keep them in position until swelling subsides. This will be taken down the day after surgery and replaced with a more comfortable one. The incisions behind the ears are typically closed with dissolving sutures, so there is no need to have them removed. Swelling and bruising typically subsides one week after surgery. At that time the compressive dressing is removed, and patients are asked to wear a headband over the top part of their ears for added support for an additional 2 weeks.