Torn earlobes as a result of earrings can also be repaired easily in the office. Most patients have no pain afterwards and the ear can be re-pierced in the office in about six weeks.
Tears in the earlobe area due to stretching can also be performed in the office.
Ear Surgery in San Francisco: What You Need to Know
Ear surgery, also known as Otoplasty, can improve the position as well as the shape of the ear. It can correct defects in the structure of the ear that are present at birth as well as fix ears that are misshapen due to injury.
What Can Ear Surgery Do For You?
Ear surgery can create a natural shape to the ear while bringing proportion to the ears and the face. It can correct both major and minor deformities and treat conditions like macrotia which causes extremely large ears to develop.
Who is a Good Candidate for Otoplasty in San Francisco?
Surgical ear shape improvement is available to children, teenagers and adults and requires all three age groups to be healthy and not have any life-threatening illnesses or chronic ear infections that have gone untreated. Children who are good candidates are usually 5 years old or older or at least have ear cartilage that is strong enough to undergo surgery. Teenagers and adults who are good candidates must be non-smokers and have specific goals in mind for their surgery.
How Quickly Can You See Results?
Almost immediately following ear cosmetic surgery you will be able to see results, although there will be visible swelling as well that will go down over time. The final results of extensive cosmetic ear surgery will appear in stages over time while the face heals and adjusts to its new shape.
What is the Procedure Like?
Before the surgery begins you will be given anesthesia to put you to sleep and then once you are under the procedure will begin. Incisions for otoplasty are mostly made on the back of the ear. If they are made on the front of the ear they are made within the ears folds to hide the incision marks. Non-removable sutures are placed inside the ear and used to keep the newly shaped cartilage in place while it heals. The incisions made are closed up with stitches and depending on what part of the ear is being operated on certain techniques are used to make sure to avoid an unnatural appearance.
In cases of protruding ears the results of ear surgery are visible almost immediately after surgery. There will be bruising and swelling but it will quickly go down revealing your new, proportional ear. After surgery, bandages will be applied to keep your ear clean, protect it from trauma and support the new position of the ear during the initial healing phase. Any special instructions or directions you need, will be given to you by your doctor along with medications you will need to help your body heal and lower the chance of you getting an infection.
What are the Potential Risks and Complications?
The decision to have surgery, regardless of the type of surgery, is not a light decision to make. There are risks and potential complications with all surgical procedures and ear surgery is no different. Some of the potential risks are:
- Poor wound healing
- Change in skin sensation
- Skin discoloration
If you are in good health and have realistic expectations of the outcome of your ear surgery then you are potentially a great candidate for this procedure.
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