Ear Surgery in Portland, OR
What is an ear surgery?
Otoplasty, or an ear surgery, helps with the correction of ears that stick out, ears that are asymmetrical (one ear is positioned higher than the other) or large, oversized ears. Other than birth defects in children, ear surgery also helps with change in positioning or shape of ears due to an injury in adults. This procedure generally improves self-confidence, especially in teens and children, who often worry about being teased or judged by peers.
Am I a good candidate for an ear surgery?
You are a good candidate for ear surgery at Dr. Bohley’s office in the Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, Washington area if your ears have reached their full size (about six years of age). A set-back ear surgery can be performed on both children and adults. This reduces the prominence of ears that stick out too much. If you are in good health and have realistic expectations from your surgery, you may be a good candidate. A consultation with Dr. Bohley is needed to determine candidacy.
How to prepare for ear surgery
Dr. Bohely will provide you with specific preoperative instructions and will take a detailed medical history. He will also perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery. Before your procedure, you will be asked to stop smoking at least six weeks before surgery and avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs.
What is the recovery from an ear surgery?
Most patients are able to return to work and light activities within a week after surgery and final results are visible after two weeks. Small changes to your ear may continue to occur for up to 12 months.
For the first 24 hours post-surgery, it is important to have a family member or friend stay with you for supervision. You will have dressings wrapped around your ears, which should be worn for the directed amount of time. For the first seven days, you must rest and try to keep your head elevated; do not rest on the operated ear to avoid throbbing and discomfort. Absorbable stitches are used, and removal may not be required. Results from ear surgery are typically life-long.
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What are my results like?
In the absence of any incident that may alter the shape or proportion of your ears, the results of your ear surgery are lifelong. Ensure that you follow Dr.Bohley’s advice regarding aftercare. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
If you are interested in learning more about ear surgery in the Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, Washington area, contact our office today. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have, as well as schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Bohley.