Everything You Need to Know about Ear Surgery for Men

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Various myths and legends have a lot to say about the size and shape of your ears. Whether they’re thick, thin, pointed, large, or small, it could indicate the nature of your personality or character. But let’s face it, if your ears are noticeable for any reason, you just want to fix them.

Men throughout the Fort Worth, Texas area trust Dr. Kiran Polavarapu at Polavarapu Plastic Surgery to do just that. She has many years of experience helping them achieve symmetry and balance in their aesthetics by improving the shape and size of their features, including their ears. If you’ve always wondered what’s involved in ear surgery, here’s what you need to know.

Why are my ears still growing?

You may have heard that ears and noses keep growing throughout your life. And while it may seem that way when you look in the mirror, they’re not actually growing; they’re literally falling victim to gravity.

As you age, the cartilage in your nose and ears breaks down, and the collagen that once gave them structure and volume decreases. The result is sagging and stretching that make your ears look longer and bigger.

What ear problems can be fixed with surgery?

Aging ears aren’t the only reason men seek Dr. Polavarapu’s help. Many men have been dissatisfied with their ears since birth. Here are some of the common culprits:

Whatever is causing your ear angst, Dr. Polvarapu can improve your ears’ look, which may have a positive impact on your self-confidence. 

What happens during ear surgery?

Everyone’s ear surgery is different, and the details depend on exactly what you and Dr. Polavarapu decide on during your consultation.

You may only need a sedative or local anesthetic, or you may need to undergo general anesthesia.

The procedure itself may require the removal of excess cartilage and tissue (to reduce ear size), or an implant (to increase ear size or alter the shape). 

Dr. Polavarapu always makes the smallest, most discreet incisions possible to minimize visible scars later. Typically, the incisions are made on the back of the ear and within natural creases and folds. 

How soon will I see the results?

Results of your ear surgery are almost immediate, especially if you came in with protruding ears. But you may have to wait a few days to reveal your ears, because after surgery, they’ll be bandaged. In fact, Dr. Polavarapu may wrap your whole head in a bandage to help keep your newly formed ears in the right shape and position. 

As with any surgery, you may feel some pain and discomfort after the anesthetic wears off. This should dissipate in two or three days and is typically well controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. 

In about 5-7 days, your stitches dissolve, or we remove them, and you can get back to your regular activities, like work or school. But you should be careful not to do anything that might affect the shape of your ears for about a month, like wearing a helmet or participating in sports that involve head contact.

Am I a good candidate for ear surgery?

As long as you’re in good overall physical and mental health and can safely withstand a surgical procedure, you’re a good candidate for ear surgery. It’s also important to have realistic expectations of what ear surgery can and can’t do, which is why your initial consultation with Dr. Polavarapu is key. 

When you’re ready to talk about your ear surgery options, call us for an appointment at 817-615-8576, or book your consultation online today.

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