When your face doesn’t look quite the way you want, it can dent your self-confidence, and affect your health and wellness as a result. Many people find that the way their ears look can affect their self-image.
Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is an aesthetic procedure that can correct many cosmetic ear issues. An otoplasty can correct ears that are misshapen, too large, and even ears that protrude or stick out too far from your head.
Dr. Mark Mathieson and the team at Sterling Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Sarasota, Florida, are here to help you find a way to feel better about the way your ears look. Our specialists offer ear surgery and other procedures that could give a boost to your self-confidence. Here’s how ear surgery works and what to expect from the procedure.
What is otoplasty?
An otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that can fix numerous aesthetic ear issues, including ears that are too large, too small, misshapen, or stick out too far. It’s performed on the auricle, the visible outer part of the ear, without affecting your hearing or inner ear at all.
If you don’t like the way your ears stick out, Dr. Mathieson performs a type of otoplasty known as ear-pinning. You can get an ear-pinning otoplasty as long as you’re in good health and you’re not a smoker.
What to expect from an otoplasty
Before the procedure, Dr. Mathieson reviews your medical history to ensure you’re a good candidate for an ear-pinning otoplasty. He also discusses your goals for the end results of the surgery and answers any questions you may have.
The procedure starts with you receiving a local anesthetic. Dr. Mathieson then makes the necessary incisions and manipulates your auricle to fit your cosmetic needs.
During recovery, you wear a bandage covering your ear to protect it while it heals. You need to avoid touching or scratching your ear, sleeping on your affected ear, and wearing clothes you have to pull over your head.
The bottom line
If you don’t like the way your ears stick out, getting an ear-pinning otoplasty could be right for you. An ear-pinning otoplasty can help to reduce how much your ears protrude from the sides of your head.
To learn more about if you’re a good candidate for an ear-pinning otoplasty, don’t hesitate to call our office in Sarasota, Florida, or use our online scheduler to request an appointment with us today.