There are many reasons why our Toronto plastic surgery patients decide to undergo ear surgery. The otoplasty process is explained in the following paragraphs. If you or your child have prominent or unusually shaped ears, there is a solution that doesn't involve hiding them behind long hair or wearing hats all the time. Otoplasty (more commonly known as “ear pinning”) makes it possible for both adults and children to have natural-looking ears they can be happy with.
Otoplasty reshapes ear cartilage and brings ears closer to the head. The surgery can be performed on adults, though it can be done on children as young as 5 or 6, whose ears have reached their full size.
The talented Toronto ear surgery specialist Dr. Kasrai is uniquely qualified to perform ear surgery on children. In addition to her role as Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto, Ontario, she practices at Toronto's prestigious Hospital for Sick Children, where she is part of a world-renowned team that specializes in treating children with significant congenital and traumatic ear injuries.
When performing ear surgery in Toronto, Dr. Kasrai makes a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the cartilage. She reshapes the cartilage, and repositions the ear closer to the head with stitches that will help it maintain its new shape. Surgery usually takes about two hours.
Ear surgery is done on an outpatient basis at the surgical facility at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto, Ontario. We use a general anesthetic for children, but local anesthesia is usually adequate for adults.
After the surgery, Toronto ear surgery patients will have their head will be wrapped in a bulky dressing to mould the ears into the correct position; bandages and sutures will be removed after about a week. Your ears might be a bit sore for a few days, but Dr. Kasrai will prescribe pain medication to alleviate your discomfort.
Stay home from work or school for a week, and rest quietly to promote healing. You'll be asked to wear a headband at night for about three months to protect your ears from bending or being pulled forward during sleep. After a week, children can play sports that require the use of helmets, but should avoid vigorous activity and contact sports for at least six weeks. Children need to understand that they need to be careful when playing on the playground.
All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk, but having a qualified Toronto otoplasty surgeon such as Dr. Kasrai perform the procedure ensures that complications are rare. However, complications that can occur include:
There is a higher risk of these complications in patients who are smokers, are diabetic or have poor circulation. You can reduce your risks by following Dr. Kasrai's instructions, and by not smoking.
Along with Dr. Kasrai's experience performing cosmetic ear surgery, she also excels at all forms of facial plastic surgery including Toronto rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, face lift and brow lift procedures. Dr. Kasrai is also considered to be a leading facial rejuvenation and Perlane Toronto provider.