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Ear reshaping can improve the shape, position, or proportion of you or your child’s ears and help prominent ears lie more closely to your head. Ears can also be reconstructed, repositioned, and made more symmetrical, to correct disfigurements due to an injury or congenital abnormality.
Healthy children over the age of four, and adults who have overly large, protruding, or misshapen ears.
You’ll have local or general anesthesia, and incisions will be made on the back of the ear, or in a way that will hide scars within the folds of the ear. Cartilage will be removed if needed, reshaped, and secured with permanent internal sutures. Recovery time takes less than a week, but a headband will be worn over the ears for about seven days.
All surgeries carry risks for medical complications, which your surgeon will discuss with you. You may have a temporary or permanent change in skin sensitivity. Don’t take aspirin, Advil, fish oil, or other blood thinners for two weeks before and after surgery, to avoid hematomas and excessive bleeding.
Most of your swelling will subside within a month, and you’ll have a good idea of what your result will be. It may take a full year for your ears to settle into their final shape, especially if you have more intense ear reshaping.
A 3D Vectra Imaging consultation allows you to preview a photo realistic new you. Available at The Mid Florida Institute of Plastic Surgery in Altamonte Springs. Consultation fee applies.
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