If you’ve gone through life with large ears that stick out, there is a procedure that can correct your aesthetic concerns. Otoplasty, or ear surgery, can be the problem solver for many of your ear-related concerns.
This simple, straightforward procedure can be used to resize, reshape, and even pin the ears into a new position, putting an end to years of unhappiness.
Otoplasty complications are extremely rare. Nevertheless, learn more about how you can benefit from ear surgery without putting yourself at the risk of complications.
Infection During Recovery
Infection is one of the most common potential complications following any surgery, including otoplasty. An infection occurs when bacteria enter the incision, either during or shortly after the procedure. After an otoplasty, both the skin and cartilage can be infected if not cared for properly, often posing a threat to the success of the results. When treated promptly with antibiotics, an infection can be resolved fairly quickly and with little resulting damage.
To prevent an infection, work with a board certified facial plastic surgeon. His or her methods should include cleaning the treatment area prior to placing the incisions, the full sterilization of all surgical tools, proper surgical clothing, and the proper administration of antibiotics. Maintain the health of your surgical area as it heals by following your facial plastic surgeon’s advice for replacing bandages and cleaning the incision sites.
Improperly Caring for Your Sutures
When the ears are pinned back during an otoplasty procedure, strong sutures are used to correct excessive protrusion. The ears can be held in a new, less prominent position and more natural-looking angle to the head. If your ears are pinned, these sutures are intended to maintain this position long-term.
Following an otoplasty surgery, patients are asked to avoid any vigorous activities as this area heals. This is to prevent the rare times when sutures can loosen if they are not properly secured or the patient doesn’t allow enough recovery time for proper healing.
If this occurs, you’ll need to see your facial plastic surgeon for a follow-up and potentially a second procedure. Caring for yourself should be a top priority after surgery, so be sure to allow yourself enough time to rest and recover.
The Formation of Blood Clots
Bleeding and blood clotting are an important part of any surgical process, but the formation of internal blood clots can be a big concern. This post-surgical complication is much more infrequent, but one that should still be addressed. Most blood clots dissolve naturally on their own. But more serious cases of blood clotting may need removal with the help of a medical professional. If you have any concerns about your healing process, contact the surgeon’s office right away.
While there isn’t much that can be done to prevent blood clots from forming, you must discuss any medical conditions you have with Dr. Rubinstein during your otoplasty consultation. He can help you to determine if you are at a higher risk for blood clotting and take proper measures to avoid them.
Results That Are Less or More Than Expected
Facial plastic surgeons are human beings too, so mistakes can and rarely do happen. In some cases, otoplasty patients may feel that not enough correction was made and in others, they may complain of overcorrection. As a prospective otoplasty patient there are two main things you can do to prevent your ear surgery from delivering results you aren’t happy with:
1. Choose your facial plastic surgeon carefully. Only work with a professional who is board certified, has been specially trained in the ear surgery procedure, and has a proven track record of patient satisfaction.
2. Carefully discuss your expectations with your facial plastic surgeon during your initial consultation. Be specific about the changes you are hoping to achieve and listen closely to what your surgeon says. Many of the mistakes made during surgery are a result of miscommunication between patient and surgeon. If you ensure you’re on the same page, you’ll greatly reduce your chances of unsatisfactory results.
Learn More About Otoplasty by Scheduling Your Consultation Today
To learn more about ear surgery, contact the practice of Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein, Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists. A knowledgeable, experienced, and qualified facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Rubinstein can ensure the best result. For further guidance call 845-863-1772 or contact us by email. For your convenience Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists has two New York locations, one in Manhattan and one in Newburgh
Dr. Rubinstein has practiced in the Hudson Valley area for over 15 years, specializing in facial plastic surgery, nasal and sinus disorders, and esthetic laser procedures. His practice combines his unique surgical and medical expertise to help patients look better while they feel better. He is dual board certified from both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, and an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.