THE OPTOPLASTY PROCEDURE
Otoplasty procedure in Beaumont, Texas which corrects outstanding or protruding ears. Candidates for otoplasty include children and adults who have one or both ears that protrude or are too visible from a frontal view. The surgery can be performed as early as age 6 or 7 and the ears will retain their new shape throughout adulthood. This is often a good procedure to perform at an early age as it can spare children the teasing that is often associated with large or protruding ears.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Dr. O’Mara – facial plastic surgeon in Beaumont may perform the otoplasty procedure at an outpatient surgery center or in the office setting. Surgical times average two hours. Local or IV sedation is often used for adult patients and older children, while general anesthesia is commonly used for young children. Incisions are placed behind the ear, which avoids a visible scar. A small amount of excess cartilage is removed as necessary, and the ear is then pinned back with sutures to a precise, normal-appearing curvature. Careful measurements are made to ensure the ears are equally positioned.
BROW LIFT PATIENT BEFORE & AFTER’S
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Recovery after otoplasty takes approximately one to two weeks. Patients may experience some discomfort which can be countered with medication. In addition, some swelling and redness may occur. A bandage is often applied after surgery and then replaced within a few days by a lighter, headband-like dressing. Sutures are typically removed after one week. Work and school can often be resumed after five to seven days, and more strenuous activities and exercise can be resumed after three weeks.
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