Cosmetic/Reconstructive Surgery Of The Ears
Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the external ear is
performed to repair cosmetic or defects resulting from injury.
common procedure is otoplasty which is done to correct
ears in children. The goal of this type of surgery is to
improve both the
functional and cosmetic appearance of the ears. Frequently,
trauma is associated with such features.
You should discuss freely with your doctor your cosmetic
expectations. In turn, your surgeon will discuss his/her
and any particular limitations set forth by the preoperative
your ears, face, and skin. Preoperative and postoperative
usually be taken to help with preoperative planning and to
The following instructions are designed to help you, or your
recover from cosmetic/reconstructive surgery of the ears
easily as possible. Taking care of yourself, or your child, can
complications. It is very important that you read these
follow them carefully.
What are risks and complications of cosmetic ear surgery?
Your surgery will be performed safely and with care in order
the best possible results. The following complications have
in the medical literature. This list is not meant to be
inclusive of every
possible complication. It is here for your information only,
frighten you, but to make you aware and more knowledgeable
- Infection of the skin or of the cartilage (chondritis) of
- Bleeding or hematoma formation.
- A cosmetic or functional result that does not meet your
An unfavorable result may occur at any time following
includes inadequate correction, recurrence, contour
asymmetric correction, all of which may require secondary
- Permanent or temporary numbness of the skin of the ear or
- Scar or keloid formation, which is an overgrowth of scar
- Prolonged pain, impaired healing, and the need for
- Narrowing of the external ear canal.
- Suture extrusion. When permanent sutures are used to
they may become evident through the skin and may eventually
- If the surgery is being done because of a tumor, there can
recurrence of the tumor and the need for additional surgery
therapeutic modalities including radiation therapy or