Prominent ears can be a source of embarrassment for people of all ages. Fortunately, there is a procedure called otoplasty, also known as “ear pinning,” that can be performed on children and adults to correct protruding ears. Whether you’re five or 55, otoplasty in Omaha can help you achieve greater facial harmony and feel more self-assured in your appearance.
At Aesthetic Surgical Images, our office is warm and home-like, which is particularly comforting to children. And, our friendly, professional staff makes every effort to maximize your comfort.
Request a complimentary cosmetic consultation with Aesthetic Surgical Images to learn how otoplasty can enhance your overall appearance and self-confidence.
Otoplasty: Surgery for Ears That Stick Out
In Omaha, otoplasty pins back and reshapes ears that protrude too far from the head. This procedure comes as a great relief to children who are often forced to endure painful teasing and to adults who feel self-conscious about their ears and often hide them under long hair.
In your consultation, one of our compassionate, board-certified plastic surgeons will sit down with you to listen to your goals, address any concerns and show you realistic results using our state-of-the-art computer imaging system.
Your Otoplasty Procedure
During otoplasty, your surgeon places an incision behind the ear to reshape the cartilage and skin. The ear is then folded back and set closer to the skull to achieve a more balanced appearance. Your physician completes the procedure by using tiny stitches to hold the ear in place while it heals. Otoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia, but we can accommodate some adults who prefer a local anesthetic.
Otoplasty Recovery Time
The vast majority of otoplasty patients recover quickly and experience minimal disruption to their day to day lives. Patients typically wear a large head dressing for the first 2 to 5 days after surgery. Patients are then switched to a compressive head band which is worn around the clock for three weeks. At this point, they are required to wear the head band for an additional three weeks at night. This helps avoid trauma to the ear from abnormal folding which can occur while the ear is still numb.
Scars are well hidden and rarely delay the resumption of normal activities. Sutures are typically removed in 7 to 10 days following the procedure. Swelling usually resolves quickly, but in some cases may persist for up to 3 months.
Resumption of athletics is dependent upon the activity and the potential for trauma to the ear. Most sports can be resumed in 6 to 8 weeks, although rarely 3 to 4 months may be indicated when the risk of ear trauma is high.
This procedure is associated with high satisfaction rates and minimal complications. If you’re considering otoplasty consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate. This surgeon should be able to help formulate an appropriate treatment plan for you.
Enjoying Your Results
Following surgery, you may experience some swelling and bruising. Any discomfort is usually managed with over-the-counter pain medicine. If stronger medication is needed, your surgeon will write a prescription. As with any procedure, following post-surgical instructions will maximize comfort and results.
When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, otoplasty can have a tremendous impact on your quality of life. Not only will you enjoy the physical benefits of well-proportioned ears, but you will also enjoy the emotional benefits associated with increased confidence. See the results our patients enjoy in our before & after photo gallery.
“I waited until I was 48 to have the procedure. I wish I would have done it sooner. I have always been self-conscious because of my ears and am so happy now to be able to wear hair styles I have never been able to wear. The procedure went pretty well. I had just local anesthesia. The only problem I had was nausea caused by the pain meds and the head wrap was a little uncomfortable the first night. I sleep on my side so I had some problems with sleeping for a couple of weeks just trying to not lay on my ears.”5 Stars
Taking The Next Step
To learn more about ear surgery in Omaha and decide if it’s right for you. Request a complimentary cosmetic consultation online or call (402) 390-0100 or (800) 331-5001 today. The entire staff of Aesthetic Surgical Images is dedicated to providing you with the best surgical experience possible.