Dr. Kapil Saigal is a dual board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Saigal currently practices out of Long Island, NY and Orlando, FL. He is highly committed to helping patients to achieve their goals with the quickest recovery possible. Otoplasty in his Orlando FL office is one of the many available procedures performed by Dr. Saigal.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is a cosmetic procedure that is performed to change the position, size or shape of the ears. The otoplasty procedure can be done for different reasons. Many individuals choose to have otoplasty surgery done because they’re not satisfied with how their ears look to them. Others choose this surgery because it can fix deformities that can affect hearing. It can also be done to visually fix any past injuries that could have occurred on the ears. Regardless of the reason, it is a transformative surgery that helps to boost the self-confidence and self-esteem of patients that undergo the procedure.
The Otoplasty Surgical Procedure
Otoplasty is an option as elective surgery for individuals aged four and older. It is typically a day surgery and once patients have recovered from the side effects of anesthesia, they are free to leave. Most patients are back to doing their normal activities of daily living within a few days after otoplasty surgery. The procedure itself is relatively simple and involves the following steps:
An incision is made behind the ear where the ear naturally joins the head.
Any necessary excess cartilage or tissue is removed to achieve the desired look of the ear.
The ear’s cartilage is pinned back with permanent stitches and the desired look is achieved.
As mentioned above, the recovery itself is relatively simple and short in duration. Individuals may experience some mild discomfort due to the surgery and stitches. The risks of the surgery are minimal and in some cases may involve infection at the surgical site. Healing at the surgical site may take some time but scarring is almost always minimal. Due to the location of the incisions, where the ear joins the head, scars are almost always unnoticeable.
Benefits of Otoplasty
Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure, its benefits tend to relate to how the patient feels about their physical appearance after their surgery. In many cases, the procedure gives patients an emotional boost and helps them to feel more comfortable with the appearance of their ears. For children that receive the procedure, oftentimes they were teased about the appearance of their ears. The surgery can help to lessen the teasing and help children to adapt to school more easily.
Overall, the otoplasty procedure is a great choice for individuals who are not satisfied with the current appearance of their ears. The relatively simple procedure can help give people quick results with a minimal recovery period. The surgical benefits serve to boost self-confidence and self-esteem in individuals who have experienced teasing due to their appearance. Or for individuals who have previously been less self-confident due to not being satisfied with the physical appearance of their ears.