Considering Ear Surgery: We Answer all of Your Questions

Ear Surgery Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Randall Stastny

Ears are funny features — they’re largely unremarkable if there’s nothing amiss, but when there’s a problem, they can take center stage. If you or your child has problematic ears, whether they stick out or they’re misshapen, ear surgery provides a relatively easy solution for sending them back into obscurity.

At Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Randall Stastny and our team provide a host of services to our Cincinnati, Ohio area patients that address the myriad problems that can affect facial features. From drooping eyelids to protruding ears, we have the expertise and experience to make the necessary adjustments to improve your appearance.

If you’re considering ear surgery, here’s what you should know.

What we can correct

The medical term for ear surgery is otoplasty, which is a broad heading for several different procedures that help reshape your ears. For example, one of the most common versions of otoplasty is when we pin back ears that protrude, or stick out too far.  Other examples are creating an improved shape to the ear, or repairing a torn earlobe.

We can also correct some defects in the structure of your, or your child’s ears whether the deformity has been present from birth or the result of an accident.

The bottom line is that if you or your child has a problem with the appearance of the ears, the odds are that we can do something about it through an otoplasty.

Who we can correct

We’ve been speaking a lot about children, so let’s discuss ear surgery for younger patients. If your child was born with an ear deformity, it may be a good idea to wait until the ears have almost fully developed.  This usually happen around age 6 or 7; however, the severity of the deformity and social pressure may warrant performing the procedure sooner.

If you’re contemplating ear surgery for yourself, there shouldn’t be any hurdles unless you have a pre-existing health condition that makes elective surgery an unnecessary risk.

Every situation is unique, and the only way to know for sure whether you or your child is a good candidate for ear surgery is to sit down with us to review your particular case.

The correction

It’s difficult to describe exactly what we do during an ear surgery since there are so many variations. What we can say is that most otoplasties are relatively quick and easy, and we can perform them on an outpatient basis, which means you or your child are free to go home after we clear you. We can use either local or general anesthesia, depending upon the situation, but, rest assured, your comfort is our top priority. We also make every effort to hide any potential scarring by placing any sutures behind the ears.

You (or your child) should expect to wear a bandage around the ears for several days after the procedure, and we’ll supply you with detailed aftercare instructions. It’s important that you follow these instructions to the letter and that you don’t remove the bandages, which are holding the ears in the correct position while they heal.

Expect that sleep might be a little difficult if you aren’t used to sleeping on your back, but that’s the position you’ll need to assume so that you don’t place pressure on your ears. If your child underwent the procedure, you can place some bolsters around them to keep them positioned on their back during the night.

After four to five days, you will return so that we can remove the bandages and check to see that everything is progressing smoothly. This will be your first glimpse of the “new” ears, which will maintain this new shape or position long into the future.

If we haven’t answered all of your questions regarding ear surgery, or you’d like to go ahead and schedule a consultation, please give us a call, or use the online booking tool.

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