Beautiful external feature is the aim of every individual and ear is one such external organ which can be reshaped and repositioned in case of a requirement. Ear sculpting is performed to give shape to the ear by removing the excess cartilage present in the ear.
What is ear sculpting?
Ear sculpting is also called as otoplasty. It is an aesthetic procedure to alter the size, shape or proportion of the ears. The ears that stick out can be flattened against the head. Repositioning of the ears is done when one ear is bigger than the other. All these issues are addressed by performing otoplasty.
When does a person opt for ear sculpting?
A person may consider ear sculpting because of the following reasons:
- Born with very large or small sized ears
- Disproportionate ears
- Prominently popping out ears
- Disfigured ear due to an injury
Advantages of Ear Sculpting
- Improves the shape of the ear
- Improves the appearance
- Results lasts for a lifetime
- Boosts self-confidence
Preparing For Ear Sculpting Surgery
The surgeon will want to review your medical history to know your medical status, and will also examine your ear. The surgeon may also take a picture of the ear to keep a record. You will be asked to perform a few tests if required. The doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of performing the surgery.
Before the ear sculpting surgery, you may have to follow certain instructions like avoiding the intake of aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and other medicines that would increase bleeding. Keep yourself hydrated for a safe recovery. Rinse your skin around the ears with warm water. Try to arrange for help on the day of the surgery and also during your recovery.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. An incision is made inside or behind the ear to remove or reposition the cartilage. If there is extra cartilage which makes the ear stick out, it is removed or if the normal folds are missing from the ear it is re-created by shaping the cartilage. The incision is closed with stitches. The ears will be wrapped with bandage.
Soon after the surgery, the surgeon will replace the heavier bandage with a lighter bandage. The ears are usually bandaged for 7-10 days so that they remain still and close to the head. You should be careful for first 24 hours during your recovery. Do not rest your head on the operated ear. Lie down on a recliner by keeping your head elevated. You will be prescribed a few antibiotic ointments to apply on the operated ear for wound healing process. A mild form of pain relief may be required the first 1-2 nights after the surgery.