Protruding ears can lead to much social angst for children and adults. The most common reason for protrusion is underdevelopment of one of the cartilage components of the ear. Re-creation of this normal structure can be easily done to give the patient natural appearing, symmetrical, and properly positioned ears.
Often only one ear protrudes or demonstrates an asymmetrical defect compared to the other ear, and this can also be easily corrected by Dr. Boss.
Your Personal Consultation
During the initial consultation, you may be asked to look in a mirror and point out exactly what you would like to see improved. This will help Dr. Boss to understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved.
Maintaining a Relationship with Dr. Boss
You will return to Dr. Boss' office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated.
Please remember that the relationship with Dr. Boss does not end when you leave the operating room.
If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact him.
How EAR PINBACK (OTOPLASTY) is Performed?
Correction of protruding ears generally requires removal of skin on the backside of the ear coupled with sculpting of the underlying cartilage through this hidden incision. The incisions are then closed to create symmetry.
Otoplasty usually takes 1-2 hrs and can be done under local anesthesia with or without sedation or general anesthesia. Together, with Dr. Boss, the appropriate anesthetic plan will be determined.
Your Surgical Experience
The goal of Dr. Boss and his entire staff is to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable for you as possible.
When can I resume my normal activities?
Patients should be able to return to their normal activities within a couple days of surgery. A dressing will be placed over the ear(s) for protection and will be removed 7 days after surgery. The patient will then be instructed to wear a headband covering the ears at all times for an additional week. The headband can then be worn at night for an additional 3-4 weeks for optimal results. The sutures dissolve on their own and do not require removal. Pain is usually minimal if the patient sleeps on his/her back and avoids direct contact to the ear.
Fortunately, significant complications from otoplasty are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of people have their EAR PINBACK, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. Anyone considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and risks.
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