For individuals born with ear deformities or abnormally sized ears, teasing and ridicule can be a constant occurrence. Children in particular can develop self-esteem issues as a result of the size or position of their ears. Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can repair a number of cosmetic issues related to the ear so that individuals do not have to experience feelings of self-consciousness about their appearance. Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Berardi understands the frustration that can come with malformed or oversized ears, and is proud to perform otoplasty to help patients live life confidently. If you suffer from malformed ears, whether from birth defect or injury, read below to learn more about what ear surgery in Scottsdale can do for you.
Ear Surgery Candidates
Ear surgery is a unique cosmetic surgery procedure which is typically performed on children ages 4 to 14 years old. It is important that the ears are fully developed before surgery is performed. You may undergo this procedure as an adult, particularly if traumatic injury later in life has led to deformities. Ear surgery is appropriate for individuals who suffer from the follow issues:
- Protruding ears
- Deformed earlobes
- Very small ears
- Abnormally shaped ears
During a consultation, ear surgery provider Dr. Berardi will evaluate you or your child’s candidacy for ear surgery. He will also explain the procedure, including its risks and benefits, and answer any of your questions.
The Ear Surgery Procedure
Ear surgery varies from patient to patient depending on the specific cosmetic issue that is being corrected. All ear surgeries, however, are performed under general anesthesia and on an outpatient basis, meaning you will be able to return home on the same day of surgery. Some children who experience more lingering side effects of anesthesia may stay overnight at the hospital or surgical facility.
The procedure begins with an inconspicuous incision behind the ear, through which Dr. Berardi will access the tissues of the ear. For particularly large ears, Dr. Berardi will remove excess tissue and reposition the ears to pin them back, closer to the head. He will also reposition existing tissue to create a more normal appearance. In instances where the ears are malformed or extremely small, Dr. Berardi will use a technique known as grafting to add tissue and cartilage to the ear, creating a natural appearance. Grafting is a more extensive procedure because it requires Dr. Berardi to remove skin and tissue from one part of your body and relocate it to the ear. The length of your Scottsdale / Phoenix ear surgery will depend on the extent of changes being made.
Recovering from Ear Surgery
After your otoplasty procedure you should expect to experience swelling, mild discomfort and temporary numbness. Some patients also experience headaches, but each of these side effects typically subsides within a few days. Children who undergo ear surgery should rest for a full week after surgery to ensure proper healing. As an adult, you will be able to resume normal activities in two to three days. Dr. Berardi will provide you with complete post-operative instructions to help you during the healing process. He will also prescribe pain medications to help you with any discomfort you may experience. If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery period, Dr. Berardi and his staff are available around the clock.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Irregularly shaped or malformed ears can cause children and adults to feel unhappy with their appearance, and even make them feel socially awkward. Cosmetic ear surgery can solve this problem by reshaping and resizing the ears so that they are in proportion with the rest of the body. To learn more about otoplasty, contact Berardi Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery at 480-397-0711 to schedule a consultation today.