Uneven Ears After Otoplasty?
- Asked by Kerri0824 in New York
- 4 years ago
I had a Bilateral Otoplasty done 3 months ago and my one ear hurts more than the other and they are still a little numb/tingly when I run my finger down the back of them.
The one sore ear has a more pinned-to-the-head look than the other and I was wondering how long it took for the ears to be 100% healed from this procedure and how long it takes for them to be the shape they will be for the rest of my life.
Uneven Ears After Otoplasty
Pain and numbing are normal and depend on the individual. By three months you should be able to see how your ears will be positioned. If you are truly concerned, I would recommend consulting with your facial plastic surgeon about a possible revisional otoplasty. But try not to expect both of your ears to look exactly the same as it's pretty normal for them to still have some differences.
Asymmetry after otoplasty
Usually 3 months after an otoplasty, your results will likely be long-lived. If you have marked asymmetry, then perhaps a revision is in order. Slight asymmetries meanwhile are not something that most, if not all, people would notice. The numbness after otoplasty is usually self-limited and gets better with time. Chronic pain after otoplasty can be a function of the type of otoplasty you had done and the extent of the projection correction (cartilage excision). Prolonged inflammation or indolent infection are also concerns. Always talk to your doctor directly about your issues.
Web reference: http://www.bwfacialplasticsurgery.com/
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Uneven ears after otoplasty.
Don't worry too much if your ears aren't perfectly symmetrical - nobody's are. It is natural to sit in front of the mirror and analyse your ears after surgery, but in life, we rarely see people square on. The ears are very forgiving and you can often have asymmetrical ears, which no one will ever notice.
Obvious if the asymmetry is significant, or if it is really bothering you, you can have a revision, but I would live with them for a while and see how you get on.
Three months after otoplasty
At 3 months, you have likely achieved nearly 90% of your final results. Some generalized laxity and scar maturation may produce softening of the scars with less tenderness and may take up to 2 years.
Otoplasty and healing
In general the healing process for almost any surgery can take up to a year and sometimes longer. Granted, the majority of healing and swelling dissipates within a few weeks, but it can last for months. The numbness usually improves over time.
Otoplasty and the healing process
It can take up to one year for the final appearance of the ears to be the same and for all of the swelling and the discomfort to resolve from the surgery. That being said if one is overly pinned than the other, this may have to be corrected if it does not spring out over the next three months or so.
Asymmetry Following Otoplasty
The asymmetric pain and tingling sensations that you note are not that unusual for 3 months out from otoplasty. These symptoms should resolve on their own over the next few months. With regard to asymmetric appearance of the ears at 3 months, it is likely what you see is sort of what you get at this point. It is not uncommon for the ears to look slightly different following otoplasty as long as the difference is not too obvious. If so, sometimes a quick office-based revision will be all that is needed to create sufficient symmetry where you are happy. In other cases, a more involved revisionary procedure is needed. Much of this depends on what your ears looked like originally and what was done to them during the otoplasty.
Web reference: http://www.drhilinski.com/procedures/otoplasty-san-diego-ca/
Otoplasty and Asymmetry
One of the biggest challenges of otoplasty is creating symmetry post procedure. Generally speaking, caliper measurements of the superior, middle, and inferior portion of the ear both pre procedure and post procedure allow the surgeon an objective means of adjusting the degree of "pinning" the ears back. At the end of three months, any asymmetry seen is likely to persist. Improvement in asymmetry may range from a simple office procedure to a a complete revision of your ear.
Web reference: http://www.shahfacialplastics.com/otoplasty.html
Patients who have an Otoplasty should allow at least 2 months for healing time. After 2 months, the patient may discover a small amount, about 2 to 3 millimeters of asymmetry. This asymmetry appears even on those who have not had an Otoplasty.
Feel free to click on the link below to review before and after photos of my patients who've had this surgery.
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