If you don’t like the shape, size, or position of your ears, help is available at 817 Surgical Arts in Fort Worth, Texas. Triple board-certified facial plastic and cosmetic surgeon Emily Johnson, DO offers cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty) to enhance the structure and appearance of your ears. Call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online scheduler today.
Otoplasty is a type of aesthetic surgery in which your plastic surgeon alters the appearance of your ears, including their position, size, or overall shape. There are many reasons you might be a candidate for otoplasty, but the procedure is entirely optional.
Otoplasty might be right for you if your ears stick out from your head or they’re misshapen because of a birth defect or injury. You may choose otoplasty if your ears are too large in proportion to your head or you’ve had previous ear surgery that you’re unsatisfied with.
To determine if otoplasty is right for you, Dr. Johnson reviews your medical history and desired results. She examines your ears and lets you know what to expect during the procedure before customizing a cosmetic surgery treatment. She usually completes the procedure on both of your ears during the same surgery to ensure outstanding symmetry.
To get ready for otoplasty, follow Dr. Johnson’s instructions. She may ask you to stop taking certain medicines or herbal supplements, avoid smoking, and arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home after the procedure. You should avoid foods and drinks the morning of the procedure.
During otoplasty, Dr. Johnson makes incisions within the creases of your ears or on the back of your ears. She might remove excess skin and cartilage, fold the remaining tissues into their proper position, and secure the tissues in place with stitches. Otoplasty may take about two hours to complete.
After you undergo otoplasty, Dr. Johnson places bandages on your ears for extra support. It’s important to take your medicines as directed. During the healing process, avoid sleeping on your side, placing pressure on your ears, rubbing your ears, scrubbing your ears while bathing, and doing strenuous activity until Dr. Johnson gives you permission.
Your ears may be red or swollen. She might recommend you wear a loose headband that covers your ears at night for several weeks. Attend follow-up visits as directed, especially if you need to have stitches removed. Over time as swelling subsides, you can enjoy the new shape or size of your ears.
To learn more about otoplasty at 817 Surgical Arts, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.