Otoplasty – also known as cosmetic ear surgery – is a procedure to change the shape, position or size of the ears.
You might choose to have an otoplasty if you’re bothered by how far your ears stick out from your head. You might also consider otoplasty if your ear or ears are misshapen due to an injury or birth defect.
Otoplasty can be done at any age after the ears have reached their full size — usually after age 5 — through adulthood. In some cases, the surgery is done as early as age 3.
The shape of the ears may be corrected in a number of ways. Otoplasty, as mentioned above, aims to ‘pin back’ the ears closer to the side of the head. Other procedures include ear lobe reduction, correction of ear defects present at birth or those caused by injury.
Mr Golchin will initially ask you to express your concerns about your appearance and to discuss your goals & expectations. Your medical history will be reviewed and a physical examination will be conducted. The initial assessment is very important. You may be required to visit your GP for a check up & for any necessary blood work & x-rays. Precise preoperative instructions are provided, and all necessary prescriptions are given to you in advance of the surgery. You will be provided with a complete list of which medications to avoid.
The first one to two hours after surgery is spent in the recovery room. When you are fully alert, you will be able to return home in the care of a friend or a family member.
The following morning, all bandages are removed. The surgical sites are inspected, a lighter bandage is placed and instructions are given. Mr Golchin leaves the head dressing on, both day and night for 1 week. A headband is then worn at night for at least a week.
Most patients describe the pain following otoplasty as mild to moderate. Pain medication is prescribed, although this is usually unnecessary after the first couple of days. Sleeping with your head elevated can reduce the discomfort.
There may be mild bruising and swelling which lasts for approximately 1-2 weeks. Most patients return to work and social activities after one week. Heavy physical exercise is avoided for three weeks following an otoplasty.