Men, women, and children who are unhappy with the alignment, location, appearance, or overall size of their ears may want to consider the plastic surgery solutions that can help them look and feel their best. Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a procedure that can be used to cosmetically enhance the ears. It can be done if patients have concerns such as:
- Shape of the ear
- Size of the ear
- Protruding ears
- Alignment of the ears
- Imperfections from trauma or birth defects
When patients are interested in otoplasty, they need to book a consultation visit with Dr. Samuel Lin of Boston, MA to discuss their concerns. It is encouraged that any children that may be considering otoplasty need to be at least five years of age. This is the age at which the ears are fully grown and may be treated without significant changes occurring naturally.
What to expect from surgery
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain precautions that need to be taken before the surgery is performed as well as after to reduce the risk of infection or other complications. Dr. Samuel Lin will evaluate a patient to determine candidacy, and then offer pre-surgery instructions prior to the scheduled surgery date. Patents should follow these instructions to prepare themselves for their surgery. Post-operative instructions should also be followed to reduce complications. Patients should expect to take some time off of work, school, and other activities to allow for proper healing of the ear following the procedure.
Patients should prepare for their ears to be covered with bandages. Pain medication can be taken to decrease discomfort only if it is recommended by the doctor. Patients should avoid sleeping on their side, which can cause pressure in the ears and affect incisions and healing. Patients should only allow their doctor to remove bandages during recall appointments and follow-up visits. Some patients may need to have stitches removed while others will have stitches that dissolve on their own over time. Ask the doctor when it is okay to resume other activities such as showering and exercise.
Are you considering otoplasty?
Contact Dr. Samuel Lin of Boston Plastic Surgery today to schedule your appointment and discuss the benefits of this and other surgical interventions for cosmetic enhancement. The practice is located in Suite 5A of 110 Francis Street in Boston, MA.