At what age should otoplasty be performed?
To minimize the schoolyard teasing and resulting self-consciousness, Dr. O’Connell prefers to perform otoplasty when the child is in kindergarten (approximately age 5) or older.
What causes protrusion of the ears?
In most cases, protrusion of the external ear is a result of incomplete development of a fold known as the anti-helix and/or excess depth of the concha (the “bowl” of the ear). In most Westport otoplasty procedures, Dr. O'Connell addresses both abnormalities.
What type of anesthesia is used for otoplasty?
While otoplasty in younger children is usually performed under general anesthesia, adolescents and adults can often have the procedure utilizing local anesthesia with or without sedation.
Where are the incisions made for otoplasty?
Whenever possible, Dr. O’Connell prefers to hide the incisions behind the ear.
Are there any side effects with otoplasty?
There are minimal risks with this procedure but some of the side effects can include asymmetry, incomplete correction or loss of correction, bleeding, and other potential complications. When it comes to a major procedure such as otoplasty Westport patients must have a thorough discussion of the potential benefits and possible risks, as an important part of the preoperative consultative process, here at Total Aesthetics.
How is the recovery from Ear Shaping?
Following your Westport otoplasty procedure you will be placed in a carefully fitted bandage for about 48 hours. Our patients then wear a headband to protect the ears. Most patients are able to return to work/school in about a week or less.