Situated at the outer face contour, the ears are a major factor in defining facial proportionality and its harmonious profile. Traditionally we think of the ears just in their function to analyse aural impressions; its form though is an important aesthetic component. As such the ears more often bring a sense of embarrassment, not of satisfaction. Certain ear proportions are sociably accepted and every departure from the norm can affect self-image and confidence.
If you are bothered by the size or shape of your ears, then cosmetic ear surgery, or auriculoplasty, may be right for you. It will improve the form of the ears and will reposition the auricle, enhancing facial harmony and self-confidence.
This brochure presents an overview of ear surgery. The best way to learn how surgery of the ears can help fulfill your personal goals is a consultation with a plastic surgeon.
» What is cosmetic surgery of the ears?
Cosmetic surgery of the ears, or auriculoplasty, is a procedure to improve the form of the ears. Specific features addressed in cosmetic surgery of the ears include:
These features are generally due to heredity, however they can be caused by injury
» Where do I begin?
A consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step to learn how ear surgery can improve the appearance and proportions of your ears and facial harmony. A consultation is designed to fully educate you in a non-pressured environment, and will include:
Your plastic surgeon will also answer your questions
Overall health and personal outlook can greatly impact the outcome of ears surgery. These will be carefully evaluated in consultation. Be candid about your desire to improve your appearance, your medical history, prior surgeries, allergies, and medical treatments
By making the decision to consult with a plastic surgeon and following all the instructions given, you are taking important steps in helping to assure your safety.
Your plastic surgeon should have completed surgical training and examinations in plastic surgery which uniquely qualifies them to perform cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face and entire body
» My ear surgery
Cosmetic surgery of the ears is an individualized procedure that takes into account all the specific characteristics that contribute to the overall appearance of the ears and its relation to other facial features
» Preparation for the operation
Your plastic surgeon will carefully explain the surgical procedure recommended for your specific case. Prior to surgery, you will be given specific instructions that may include:
In addition, you will be asked to sign consent forms to assure your plastic surgeon that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications
» Following surgery
Once your procedure is completed, a bandage will likely be placed around your ears to protect the ears from accidental trauma during initial healing. Before you are released following surgery, you and an accompanying family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
» Progress and healing
The dressings will be removed on the following day. The elastic bandage that protects the ears has no contribution to the ears form. It has to be on 15 days round-the-clock and 15 more days just during sleep
The outcome of your ears surgery will appear gradually from 3 to 6 months. In general, the results of ear surgery are permanent; however, ears must be protected from trauma and injuries, especially from the back of the neck to face ones
Auriculoplasty wih local anaesthetic
Auriculoplasty wih full anaesthetic