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Ear surgery is an advanced plastic surgery procedure used to correct protruding or misshapen ears. It is usually performed on young children or adolescents, but adults can also benefit from this surgery. As a well-trained Toronto plastic surgeon, Dr. Golger uses sophisticated surgical techniques to pin the ears back to a more aesthetically pleasing position. Protruding or misshapen ears are usually caused by the presence of excessive cartilage or by large or deformed ear lobes. Cupped ears (in which the ear tips bend down and forward) can also be corrected with ear surgery. If you wish to learn more about ear surgery and how this procedure can help you look and feel better about yourself, please explore the paragraphs below.
Although ear surgery can be performed successfully at any stage of life, the best time to undergo this operation is at a young age. Dr. Golger recommends the procedure for children who are 6 or older. At this age, the ears are fully formed; however, the ear cartilage is still fairly soft and can be easily manipulated. Receiving ear pinning surgery early on also helps children avoid traumatic teasing and/or low self-esteem issues. Ideal candidates for ear surgery are healthy individuals who are self-conscious about the shape, size and/or position of their ears and wish to achieve a more normal, socially acceptable appearance.
Prior to undergoing ear surgery, it is important to thoroughly understand the procedure and have realistic expectations. Dr. Golger helps all of his patients gain a deeper understanding of their desired procedures. He encourages his Toronto ear surgery patients to ask questions and discuss all of their concerns, whether aesthetic or otherwise. In addition, detailed preoperative instructions are given to each patient or, if the patient is a minor, the patient’s parents.
Because Dr. Golger often performs ear surgery on children and young adults, he is extremely sensitive and will do everything he can to alleviate anxiety and provide the beast quality of care in a comforting and nurturing environment. He will work closely with his surgical technicians and anesthesiologists to ensure maximum patient safety during the procedure.
Dr. Golger may use one of several surgical techniques to perform ear surgery, depending on each patient’s unique needs. In general, ear surgery incisions are made in the natural creases behind the ear, where they are easily concealed. Depending on the desired shape of the ears, Dr. Golger may use stitches to pin the ears back or trim the cartilage prior to pinning the ears. In some cases, both techniques are used for the best results.
Ear surgery usually lasts about two hours. Although it can be performed under local anesthesia, general anesthesia and an overnight stay at a hospital or surgical facility are usually recommended for children.
Following surgery, Dr. Golger places a bandage around the head to reduce the risk of physical injury and hold the ears in place. Bandages and various postoperative dressing are extremely important for children, who are more prone to physical injury than adults. Patients are usually able to return to their daily activities, including work or school, within one week.
During recuperation, most patients will experience mild discomfort and bruising, which subside within a few days. Dr. Golger is available to all of his patients during their recovery and encourages them to call him right away in case of complications.
If you wish to learn more about ear surgery, please schedule a one-on-one consultation appointment with Dr. Golger by calling Avenue Plastic Surgery at (416) 789-9979 or by clicking here. Dr. Golger and his team can also educate you on various other cosmetic procedures, including rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery in Toronto. Dr. Golger is also a revered Toronto facelift surgeon.