Large, misshapen, or protruding ears can cause embarrassment and social discomfort. Many adults with these concerns have been teased about their ears since childhood. In fact, many otoplasty patients are children whose parents do not want them to suffer ridicule due to their prominent ears. Dr. Polacek is highly trained and experienced in cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and specializes in procedures such as otoplasty at her practice near Providence, Rhode Island. Otoplasty is a commonly performed procedure which can:
- Bring protruding ears closer to the head
- Reduce the size of overly large ears
- Reshape deformed ears
- Correct asymmetry
If you would like to learn more about Providence, Rhode Island ear surgery, request a consultation online or call us at (401) 331-0202 and we will schedule your appointment.
About the Otoplasty Procedure
Many otoplasty patients are children between the ages of 5 and 14 who are self-conscious about their ears. These younger patients typically require general anesthesia, but adults may have the procedure under local anesthesia with sedation.
Dr. Polacek, a Providence-area cosmetic plastic surgeon, customizes each procedure to address the specific concerns of the patient. The procedure may involve reshaping existing cartilage, adjusting the position of the ear, and sometimes removing excess skin and cartilage. In the majority of ear surgeries, the cartilage is reshaped to pull the ear closer to the head. Incisions for this are generally made behind the ear, but if incisions are needed in front of the ear, they are hidden within the ear’s natural folds. Internal sutures are used to hold the reshaped cartilage in place.
Recovery and Results
After ear surgery, the ears and head will be wrapped in a bandage to hold them in place and aid in healing. This bandage must be left in place for 3 to 5 days and should not get wet. There may be some discomfort for a few days following surgery, but this should subside within a few days, and is easily managed with pain medication. Most normal, non-strenuous activities can be resumed in just a few days. Dr. Polacek will give you detailed instructions for your post-operative care in order to maximize your results and minimize complications.
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