Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) Chicago
Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is used to reduce ear size or pin back prominent ears. People usually undergo the surgical procedure when they are uncomfortable with the position and appearance of their ears, and hope to correct the abnormalities. Ear pinning can produce a more attractive and balanced overall appearance. Ear pinning can help individuals enjoy renewed confidence and a more proportionate look. During your personal consultation with Dr. Horn, he can develop a treatment plan based on your specific goals and needs.
Ear Surgery Procedure
This cosmetic surgery is very safe and simple. What essentially happens is the surgeon will be resetting the angle of the ear relative to the head. After your personal consultation with Dr. Horn, he will be able to tailor your ears for your specific desires. Performed as an outpatient procedure, otoplasty requires general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The surgery begins by dividing the elastic ear cartilage with a hollow needle. The ear cartilage is made more flexible by applying natural sutures. Every stitch is made under the skin, so the natural appearance of your ears can be preserved. A bandage will be applied to protect and ensure the cartilage sets in the corrected position.
Ear Surgery Aftercare
The only scars after the surgery will eventually be healed completely. The scarring will be minimal, but safety precautions are still advised for optimal post-surgery results. It is important to take special care and guard the ears from any sudden impact or other accidental damage.
Ear Surgery Candidates
Children between four and 14 years of age are the most common ear surgery patients, but adults who are self-conscious about their ears may also benefit from the procedure. The best patients are healthy individuals who do not have an illness or medical condition than could impair healing.
Common Side Effects
Throbbing, discomfort, swelling, redness, and other temporary side effects may occur. Most patients are able to return to normal activities in one week.