Newvue Plastic Surgery & Skincare

Ear Surgery

Otoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that reshapes the ears of children or adults. It is most commonly used to set protruding ears closer to the head. The results are immediately apparent and can dramatically increase confidence and improve self-esteem.

Dr. Min’s Approach to

Otoplasty

Our focus is on natural results that give patients a balanced appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Min or Dr. Levy will work with patients and their families to understand your needs and help you create a treatment plan that will look and feel natural.

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How Does Ear Surgery Work?

Techniques vary slightly, just as ears do, but incisions for Otoplasty are generally made on the back surface of the ear. Correction of protruding ears uses surgical techniques to create or increase the antihelical fold (just inside the rim of the ear) and to reduce enlarged conchal cartilage (the largest and deepest concavity of the external ear). When incisions are necessary on the front of the ear, they are made within its folds to hide them. Internal, non-removable sutures are used to create and secure the newly shaped cartilage in place.

Patients will experience some bruising and swelling during the first several days, and will be required to abstain from most activities for at least a week to promote healing.

 

Your Initial Ear Surgery Consultation

The role of the consultation is to ensure that patients and their families feel informed, confident and excited.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Min or Dr. Levy will ask you about your desired appearance, as well as questions about your general health to determine if he can meet your expectations. They will analyze your ears and evaluate the shape, the quality of skin and underlying cartilidge structure. After your consultation, photographs will be taken for additional analysis and your medical records. We will walk you through your options, explain the details of the Ear surgery procedure, and answer any questions you may have. You will have an opportunity to view extensive before and after photos.

Dr. Min and Dr. Levy share and explain his opinions with you about what is most appropriate for your face and what results you can expect. Together you will decide on the details and timing of your procedure. Finally, Dr. Min and Dr. Levy will make sure you know exactly what will happen on the day of your procedure, what you will experience while you recover, and what you can expect in the months and years to follow.

 

Safety & Risks of Ear Surgery

Our approach at Newvue is always to put our patient’s safety above all other concerns. Dr. Min and Dr. Levy are recognized experts with impeccable track records for facial sculpting. We have invested in absolutely state of the art tools, and our on-site surgical suite is one of the first in the region to be fully approved under the stringent new safety standards.

Ear surgery is a very common and safe procedure. Nonetheless, we feel it is important that all of our patients fully understand the risk(s) associated with this or any surgical procedure. The most important thing to know is that Dr. Min, Dr. Levy and Newvue will stand by you should any complications arise and do everything we can to help you achieve your desired result. Risks associated with ear surgery include: possible reaction to anesthesia, infection, bleeding & hematoma, nerve injury/loss of sensation and/or asymmetry. During your initial consultation, Dr. Min will address all possible risks and complications with you and make sure that your questions and concerns are answered.

Risks associated with ear surgery include:

Reaction to Anesthesia: Some patients experience an adverse reaction to anesthesia that may result in nausea or vomiting, allergic reactions and in very rare cases death. Be sure to discuss any medical allergies with your surgeon.

Infection: as with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection. Infection will generally occur within days or weeks of your procedure, and in most cases can be treated with medication. In rare cases, and additional surgery may be required to treat severe infections

Bleeding & Hematoma: Some patients are more prone to bruising than others and, in extreme cases, may experience excessive bruising, bleeding or skin death.

Nerve Injury/Loss of Sensation: Some patients may experience temporary or permanent loss of sensation in or around the treated area. (However, there are comparatively few nerve endings in the ear that are susceptible to this kind of damage.)

Asymmetry: Some patients may experience asymmetry in their results over time due to the body’s natural aging or partial rejection of the surgical procedure, which can generally be addressed with an additional correctional surgery.

 

Prior to Your Ear Surgery Procedure

Prior to your surgery, we will schedule a preoperative appointment with Dr. Min or Dr. Levy. The purpose of this meeting is to make sure that your procedure goes smoothly and efficiently. Our staff will review your consent forms with you, answer any questions you might have, and the risks and benefits of surgery will be thoroughly reviewed. You may be given your prescriptions to be filled prior to your surgery. You will be given a list of medications and supplements to avoid for two weeks before and after surgery. If you are a smoker, you will be advised to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery. You should not smoke for at least two weeks following surgery.

The procedure may require that some hair around the ear be shaved.

 

Your Ear Surgery Procedure

We will do everything in our power to help you feel informed and relaxed on the day of your procedure. After you arrive at our Bellevue office, you will meet with Dr. Min or Dr. Levy and with your anesthesiologist. Once any questions you have are answered, you will be given medication to help you relax.

You will be brought into the surgical suite, where you will be prepped for surgery and given a general anesthetic or a local with sedation. Surgery usually takes 1-2 hours.

You will wake up in the recovery room, where you’ll be closely monitored. We’ll let you know how everything went and advise you on what to expect as you recover. You’ll want to be sure to arrange for someone to pick you up and stay with you for the first couple days as you adjust.

After Your Ear Surgery Procedure

You’re still our patient after you leave, and we will be there for you as you recover to answer any questions you may have and advise you on any side effects you may be feeling. Patients can generally return home within a matter of hours. You will be given detailed instructions on cleaning and caring for the ears.

Dr. Min or Dr. Levy will advise you on the specifics of your recovery program. Patients can begin moving around right away and resume light exercise after about a week. Most patients return to work after a few days, but you should avoid strenuous activity for at least 2 weeks, and avoid high impact activities (skiing, wakeboarding, contact sports) for the duration of your recovery (4 weeks).

Procedure Length

1-2 hours (generally outpatient)

Normal Recovery

Return to work in 7-10 days, resume light exercise after 2 weeks, swelling resolves completely after 4-6 weeks

Possible Side Effects

Swelling, bruising, mild discomfort

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