If you aren’t happy with the appearance of your ears, you may be interested in learning more about ear surgery. Or if you have a child who has ears that are very large or in some way misshapen, you may be interested in this surgery to help your child improve the appearance of his or her ears. It is important for you to collect as much information as you can about ear surgery in order to decide that is right for you or your child.
Ear surgery is most often carried out on children and teenagers. However, it is also common for adults to request this surgery. If you are interested in having this surgery performed on your child, it is good for you to know it is most suitable for children whose ears have finished developing. When a child is younger than five years old, their ears are still developing and growing. It would be counterproductive to have this surgery performed at such a young age.
The surgery usually starts by exposing the ear cartilage and removing small pieces of cartilage from the ear if it is necessary to do so. This is something that usually happens if an individual has very large ears. Then once the ear has been shaped into a more attractive structure, scoring and stitching will take place in order to keep the ear in the right position.
It is common for patients to experience sore or tender ears in the days following the surgery. You will have to wear a bandage over your ears in the first couple of days in order to protect them from an infection. To speed up and enhance the healing process after ear surgery, many of our patients decide to spend this time at home instead of going back to school or work. Once they have spent some time healing, they feel more comfortable going out in public and returning to normal activities. We will discuss everything you need to do before and after the procedure during your consultation.
After surgery, it is important for you to avoid any kind of activities that may injure your ears. Any sports that could potentially harm your ears should be avoided. You should also avoid swimming for at least a couple of weeks.
If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your ears, ear surgery could greatly benefit you. At Southeastern Dermatology, Dr. Hendricks provides personalized ear surgery procedures to patients in Fayetteville, NC. To learn more about this helpful procedure, contact our office in Lumberton today.