Before & Afters
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Surgeons at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery offer otoplasty solutions for people in Austin & Sunset Valley, TX. Prominent or misshapen ears can be a psychologically challenging experience for the young adult and child, often drawing ridicule from peers. The prominent ear may take several forms, but both result from misshapen cartilage during intrauterine growth. After careful consideration, a surgical procedure known commonly as otoplasty may be used to re-shape the ear cartilage, creating a more natural-looking ear configuration.
When prominent or misshapen ears are addressed prior to the individual’s development of self-identification and the peer involvement a child experiences during the elementary years, otoplasty for children is the best choice. When corrected during this timeframe, most children forget the experience altogether. Moreover, they never encounter any unfavorable social interactions due to their prominent or misshapen ears.
Our surgeons recommend the potential patient schedule a private consultation at the Buckingham Center to determine if he or she is a viable candidate for an otoplasty procedure.
AFTER YOUR SURGERY
The day after the otoplasty surgery (aka ear pinning surgery), the dressing placed around your head will be removed, and a new dressing will be applied. You should keep this in place for an additional 48 hours and remove as we instruct you to do so. A dissolvable type of suture has been placed behind the ears. This area will need to be cleaned two to three times per day with Q-Tips and hydrogen peroxide. After cleansing with hydrogen peroxide, the antibiotic ointment should be applied with a Q-Tip for the first week.
The light elastic headband should be worn postoperatively after the dressing has been removed, for 6 weeks in the evening hours and at night. This is a preventative measure, so the ears are not disturbed or traumatized while sleeping. It also aids in assisting the healing process to occur where the ears are positioned. It is critical to your well-being that you follow all the instructions given to you by this office. We will check your progress regularly following surgery.
Frequently Asked Otoplasty Questions
WHAT IS EAR SURGERY?
ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR EAR SURGERY?
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A CONSULTATION FOR EAR SURGERY?
WHERE IS THE EAR SURGERY PROCEDURE PERFORMED?
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS USED FOR EAR SURGERY?
HOW IS THE OTOPLASTY PROCEDURE PERFORMED?
HOW LONG DOES EAR SURGERY TAKE?
WHERE ARE THE INCISIONS MADE FOR EAR SURGERY?
ARE THERE SCARS AFTER EAR SURGERY?
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY LIKE AFTER OTOPLASTY?
WHEN CAN I RETURN TO WORK AFTER MY OTOPLASTY SURGERY?
WHEN CAN I EXERCISE AFTER THE EAR SURGERY PROCEDURE?
WOULD THE SURGERY FOR BOTH OF MY EARS MAKE THEM APPEAR UNIFORM?
WHAT TYPE OF EAR SURGERY IS USED TO CORRECT UNEVEN EARS?
IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A REVISION OTOPLASTY?
WILL OTOPLASTY AFFECT MY HEARING?
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