Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) for Men
The most common reason male patients have ear surgery is that their ears stick out or are quite large. This surgery is sometimes performed on children because the ears reach their mature size quite young. Other reasons males have ear surgery is when the ear cartilage is mis-shapen or deformed after trauma. This is sometimes called ‘cauliflower ear’ and can be a surgically urgent to correct.
Ear Surgery Procedure
An ear surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. An incision is placed behind the ear where the ear meets the skull. There is a natural fold here and an incision hides very well. Through this incision, the cartilage is contoured and then the ear is ‘set back’ so it is not as prominent. Sometimes this requires removal of excessive cartilage, but sometimes it just requires sutures to hold the ear into an ideal position. These cartilage sutures are permanent. Once the ear is contoured, sutures are placed in the skin, and a large bulky bandage is placed on the ears like earmuffs to keep any accidental contact from occurring. Sometimes patients find it useful to wear a wide and loose headband when sleeping to minimize the change of bumping the healing ear while sleeping.
Ear Surgery Recovery
Most patients can return to work within a few days after otoplasty, though bruising can be visible around and on the ear for several days after surgery. No contact sports or activities that might result in ear trauma are recommended for weeks to months to allow for the cartilage to fully heal. Some sports may be resumed earlier with an appropriate fitting helmet and headband. Be sure to discuss this with your surgeon at the time of consultation so the timing of the surgery can be such that it doesn’t interfere with your life more than necessary.