When one’s ears protrude significantly, they can become an unwanted focal point of the face. Protruding ears also make the ears appear larger than they are. At Montilla Plastic Surgery, we perform our Boston ear surgery, or otoplasty, to help patients with this issue. This procedure can also be performed on children who suffer from overly large or protruding ears. For all patients, ear surgery has a tremendous effect on restoring their self-esteem and feeling of well-being.
Aesthetic Issues Related to the Ears
An unwanted appearance of the ears is generally due to one or both of the following:
- The skull contains a small cartilage bowl where the ears are placed, allowing them to lay flat against the head. Some patients have an overly large bowl that pushes the ears away from the head.
- The cartilage along the rim of the ear sometimes fails to fully develop, leading to lack of support at the back of the ear, causing the ear to fall forward.
Ear Surgery Procedure
During ear surgery in our Worcester or Greater Boston Area offices, an incision is made in the back of the ear which will allow Dr. Montilla to sculpt or fold the cartilage. Once the new ear position is established, the incision is sutured to secure the new position in order to achieve the best results in otoplasty Boston has to offer.
For additional information about the procedure, answers to any questions you might have or to discuss your particular condition, please contact Dr. Montilla to set up a consultation.
Torn earlobe repair
Just like the ears in general, the earlobes don’t get much of the spotlight. Until, that is, they carry a defect or deformity of some kind. At this point, earlobes can be painfully noticeable, causing introversion in the patient.
An earlobe can be torn due to a number of reasons, such as trauma or injury that overcomes the strength of the lobe. Additionally, in those who wear earrings, the lobe may be torn if the earring gets caught in something or is improperly removed.
Torn earlobe repair can handle the issues connected with this, making the lobe intact once again. It is performed using local anesthetic and light sedation to ensure the patient’s total comfort. During your ear surgery in Boston, the idea is to rebuild the earlobe, so it is often necessary to remove scar tissue that may be left over from the tear. The repair is then performed according to the location, size and shape of the tear and how it is affected by the lobe’s natural anatomy. Once the earlobe is healed, it usually results in a hairline scar that is barely visible.
Risks of otoplasty
It’s important to monitor your post-operative recovery behavior. Our offices in Greater Boston Area or Worcester will ensure you do not smoke or engage in any other activities that will restrict your recovery.
During and after ear surgery, there are risks of:
- Poor healing
- Dissatisfaction with the results
Our instructions regarding post-op care are to be followed precisely to ensure the best possible results. You must stop smoking three weeks prior to surgery, and after surgery until full healing has been achieved and verified. There is the possibility of unevenness of ear projection and appearance. If sutures that are used to hold the ear in place are to break or pull through tissue, the possibility of revision surgery is possible.
Following your otoplasty in Worcester, you will have your head wrapped to protect the incision and support the new ear position and promote healing. You may experience some discomfort that can be controlled with medication.
Most patients are up and walking within a few hours after ear surgery. Lighter bandages can be applied within a few days or replaced with a head band. Activities that could bend the ear should be avoided for at least a month.
A Surgeon Focused on Others
Whether in his own offices in Worcester or Greater Boston Area or abroad, Dr. Montilla applies himself to the betterment of others. He is a member of several non-profit organizations, each of which is focused on those less fortunate. Surgicorps International provides medical missions to those abroad who are unable to access medical help. Hands Across the World is a 501 nonprofit organization that provides free medical and surgical care, every year, to children and those in need in developing countries. Whether with these organizations or his own patients, Dr. Montilla leaves no stone unturned in ensuring his reach is as broad as possible.