Many individuals, starting from the childhood, are unhappy and unsatisfied with the shape, size and positioning of their ears. Children may be teased at school, an adults might go great lenghts to hide their ears.
Ear reduction is the solution offered by the modern medicine and cosmetic surgery.
As a form of otoplasty, instead of adjusting the positioning of the ears, the reduction operation aims to reduce the size of the ears. Surgery may include earlobe reduction, patients might be required to stay for 1 night in the hospital. The operation can be perfomed both on adults and children.
The ear reduction surgery is a simple operation; doctor will remove the unwanted cartilage and skin and reshape the ear to create a smaller and natural looking size. The operation can create a balanced and symmetrical look between the face and the ears, and often the ear reduction operation is accompanied by ear pinning.
The aim of this article is to give you a general information about the surgical intervention in question. You need to make more research about possible complications and risks of this selected procedure in order to make an informed decision. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history or lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.
Smokers are recognized to have a significantly higher risk of post operative wound healing problems with a subsequently higher potential of infection as well as operative and post operative bleeding. Patients should discontinue smoking for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Although it helps to stop smoking before and after surgery, this does not completely eliminate the increased risks resulting from long term smoking. Smoking also has a long term adverse effect on the skin and ageing process.