Before & Afters
Doctors Edward Buckingham and Erin Smith offer Otoplasty solutions for patients 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 as to the exact anatomical alteration, a surgical procedure known commonly as otoplasty may be undertaken to re-shape the ear cartilage and return the ears to a more natural configuration in relation to the remainder of the face and head. When undertaken at a young age prior to the development of self identification and peer involvement of the elementary years, otoplasty for children is the best choice, most children will forget the experience altogether and never encounter any unfavorable social interactions.
To determine if a patient is a good candidate for this procedure, Dr. Buckingham recommends a private patient consultation.
After your surgery
The day after the otoplasty surgery (ear pinning), 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 post-operatively 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 very important to your well being that you follow completely all of the instructions given to you by this office. We will check your progress regularly following surgery.
Frequently Asked Otoplasty Questions
What is ear surgery?
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Would the surgery for both of my ears make them appear uniform?
What type of ear surgery is used to correct uneven ears?
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Will Otoplasty affect my hearing?
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