Ear surgery, or otoplasty, corrects oversized, protruding and/or abnormally shaped ears. Dr. Mark Prysi has many years of experience with ear surgery for children and adults, and would be happy to discuss the procedure in greater detail during a consultation at his Naples plastic surgery practice. Dr. Prysi is committed to providing quality patient care and delivering natural and beautiful results for all of his patients. Because of his devotion to excellence, he has been recognized as one of the “Best Plastic Surgeons in America” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America and voted “Best Plastic Surgeon in Southwest Florida” seven years in a row by a local newspaper.
Candidates for Ear Surgery
If you are considering ear surgery for yourself or your child, it’s important to keep in mind that candidates for ear surgery should be in good physical and psychological health, with reasonable expectations and motivations for surgery. Dr. Prysi carefully evaluates his otoplasty candidates to ensure that they have realistic goals for surgery. If you are seeking the procedure as an adult, you should not smoke or have any chronic medical conditions which could impair your healing.
How is Otoplasty Performed?
Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure that typically takes several hours. First, anesthesia and sedation medications are administered to prevent you (or your child) from feeling anything during surgery. Dr. Prysi begins by making an incision, usually behind the ear in the natural crease of the skin. If he needs to make an incision in front of the ear, he will conceal it within the folds of the skin.
Through the incision, Dr. Prysi alters the shape, size or position of the ear according to the treatment plan. He may remove or reshape the cartilage, depending on what he feels will produce the best outcome. When he’s completed the surgical alterations, Dr. Prysi closes the incisions with sutures and places a gauze dressing or bandage, which should stay in place for several weeks as the ears heal.
Recovering from Ear Surgery
Ears will be swollen and bruised after surgery, but this will disappear with time. Dr. Prysi advises all otoplasty patients to keep their heads elevated as much as possible within the first few days after surgery and to avoid any heavy lifting, bending or straining until the ears have healed. He will check healing progress at several follow-up appointments at his Naples, FL office, and will advise when it is safe to return to work, school and a normal everyday routine.
Schedule an Otoplasty Consultation
Interested in learning more about otoplasty for you or your child? Contact award-winning surgeon Mark Prysi and his team at 239-643-3223 to schedule a personal consultation.