Men and women considering otoplasty (ear surgery) in Orlando often do so after years of experiencing self-consciousness about enlarged or prominent ears. Otoplasty patients are typically among the most satisfied of facial plastic surgery patients, due to the tremendous impact this procedure has on their self-esteem.
If you are troubled by the appearance of your ears, you've found the solution in Dr. Spence, renowned throughout Florida for his exceptional facial plastic surgery experience, knowledge, and skills. He will meticulously analyze your entire face, listen attentively and thoughtfully to your concerns, and provide you with the beautifully sculpted, naturally balanced results you want.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a term used to describe cosmetic ear surgery. The most commonly known otoplasty is "ear pinning", which is performed to correct protrusion. However, otoplasty may also focus on the earlobes to correct natural elongation or irregular shape or to repair tears or other injuries.
Who is a Candidate for Ear Surgery?
You may benefit from ear surgery if you have:
- Overly large ears
- Ears that protrude from your face
- Misshapen ears
- Large, torn or misshapen ear lobes.
To view the naturally beautiful results that Dr. Spence achieves, view our Before and After Photos.
How Soon After the Procedure Will I See My Results?
You will be able to see the effects of your otoplasty procedure right away after your procedure. However, expect swelling to worsen before it gets better. It can take up to six weeks for swelling to subside enough for the final outcome of your ear surgery to be fully apparent. Before that time, support your healing process by carefully adhering to your post-operative instructions. If you have had your ears pinned, it is essential that you wear your headband as directed. Doing so maximizes your healing, reduces the risk of complications, and also helps retain the new position of your ears.
Will the Results of My Otoplasty Procedure Look Natural?
Yes. Dr. Spence is an accomplished and respected Orlando plastic surgeon. He has been in practice for over twenty years and is known for his dedication to patient outcomes. When consulting with patients about otoplasty, his sense of integrity guides him to perform a thorough examination of facial anatomy, head size and shape, and other factors that influence overall appearance. The ears are an integral facial feature, just like the nose. Therefore, otoplasty cannot be performed well by only looking at the ears themselves. With thoughtful examination, your otoplasty results should look completely natural.
Will Otoplasty Surgery Impact My Hearing Abilities?
No. Otoplasty is an external procedure performed only on the outer structures of the ears. The inner areas of the ear that are involved in hearing are untouched.
Will I Be Awake During My Ear Surgery?
One of the advantages of adult otoplasty is that the procedure can be performed using local anesthesia alone. This technique is sufficient for ensuring your comfort and peace of mind that you will not feel any discomfort during the minor surgery. As the ears are repaired or corrected, you may feel pressure from the doctor's hands but should not have direct sensation in the areas where incisions are made. Once the procedure is over, the effects of the local anesthetic may linger for a short time, providing you with your initial post-operative pain management. You will also be prescribed pain medication to maintain your comfort during your brief recovery period.
Preparing for Your Procedure
In contrast to many other surgeons who offer ear surgery, Dr. Spence conducts a detailed evaluation of the facial aesthetics involved in your procedure, including your skin, your facial bone structure, and a discussion of the results that you want to achieve. He uses that information to design an ear surgery treatment plan that can correct concerns such as protruding or enlarged ears, achieving balance among the facial features.
Dr. Spence will also provide you with detailed instructions for your recovery, so that you can prepare ahead of time.
Ear Surgery Procedure
Performed in an outpatient setting, ear surgery requires only local anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout your procedure. Dr. Spence conceals the incisions behind your ears or in the crease of the ears, where they blend into the skin folds. He then precisely corrects your concerns, from torn earlobes to protruding ears. After the alterations are made, Dr. Spence completes the procedure with tiny sutures to facilitate the healing process and minimize scars.
Recovery & Results
No overnight stay is needed after the procedure. Dr. Spence provides instructions for recovery, and most patients experience only mild discomfort, which can be alleviated with oral medication. Patients usually return to their regular routines in 5 to 7 days. However, Dr. Spence usually recommends that vigorous physical activity be avoided for about a month.
The benefits of otoplasty from Dr. Spence include beautifully shaped ears that are in proportion with the other facial features. Patients concerned with misshapen or overly large ear lobes typically tell him that they love the improvement after surgery, and many of Dr. Spence's patients say that for the first time in their lives, they aren't embarrassed to pull back their hair and reveal their ears!