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Having oversized, misshapen, or otherwise attention-grabbing ears can be cause for embarrassment.
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that can help change your ears’ shape, size, and position. At our practice ear surgery in Annapolis, MD is performed by Dr. Namita Murthy, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with more than a decade of facial plastic surgery experience. Dr. Murthy will listen to your concerns and help you sculpt a look that will help reduce your anxiety over your ears.
Otoplasty can address a variety of issues people face regarding their ears. For example, some have “prominent ears” in which they protrude beyond what some consider an average angle.
Otoplasty can help draw the ears closer to the head, so they don’t stick out as much. Whatever your concern may be, otoplasty has the benefit of restoring confidence with a more natural look. Dr. Murthy can customize your otoplasty using several techniques to give you the look you want.
At Murthy Facial Plastic Surgery we offer three basic types of Otoplasty in Annapolis, MD: pinback, reduction, and augmentation. Ear pinback is ideal for ears that protrude further than desired.
A simple incision at the base of the external ear is involved in the operation, and some of the ear’s cartilage is often removed to improve the effect. Ear reduction assists those with ears that are larger than desired. In this option, Dr. Murthy removes some of the cartilage found along the outer ear.
Ear augmentation will give your ear more structure, ensuring that your face is healthy and in balance with all its components. Cartilage is also taken and applied to the ear from another part of the body. For patients with disfigured or malformed ears, the augmentation procedure may also be an appropriate remedy.
Our Annapolis otoplasty patients will have their ears wrapped in bandages after the procedure, for safety and support. You are probably going to feel some pain and itching. Dr. Murthy will prescribe you medication for this, as well as provide you with instructions on managing your aftercare.
To alleviate strain, you may want to stop sleeping on your side if possible during your recovery. Also, try not to rub the incisions or put undue force on them. You may also try wearing clothes that don’t have to be put on over the head, such as button-down shirts. Dr. Murthy will remove the bandages several days after the Otoplasty. Your ears may be swollen and red. You will need to wear a loose headband that covers your ears at night for two to six weeks. When turning over in bed, this will help prevent you from pushing your ears forward.
You will notice an immediate (and permanent) difference when the bandages are removed. You will gain a better perspective on the results of your Otoplasty once any swelling subsides completely, which usually takes about six weeks. Once that’s done, your streamlined new look will be complete!
When you’re ready to claim the look you want, call us for an Annapolis, MD ear surgery consultation.
Dr. Murthy trained with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is ready to answer all of your questions regarding Otoplasty. During your consultation for ear surgery, Annapolis facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Namita Murthy will make sure you have all of the information you need to make the best decision for you. You no longer need to be self-conscious or embarrassed by the appearance of your ears. Using the latest techniques in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Murthy is committed to helping you achieve the look you desire.
Ideal candidates are those who wish to change the scale, shape, or proportion of their ears.
Wear a shirt with buttons to avoid putting pressure on your ears and sleep on your back during the first week after surgery, with your head and neck lifted to avoid swelling.
Keep the head elevated and avoid leaning over or inverting your head whenever possible to avoid increasing blood pressure to the ear. Within a week to ten days, most patients return to work or school, but you should avoid strenuous exercise and contact sports for a month.
Some will say the optimal age to have Otoplasty performed is when you are a child, but successful Otoplasty can happen at any age. The important thing is to discuss your concerns with Dr. Murthy so they can be addressed.
Generally, the results you see will be permanent. Otoplasty does not stop the aging process, so there may be future changes to the ears as you get older, but the changes from Otoplasty will still be there.