Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Dr. Shahriyar Yahyavi
Brief Info about Dr. Shahriyar Yahyavi
Dr. Shahriyar Yahyavi is a well-known Iranian E.N.T. surgeon with 17 years of experience in otolaryngology and facial cosmetic surgeries. He has been a member of a medical research team in different hospitals. One of a kind in his field, he now performs surgeries on many international candidates and patients from across the world like Canada, Romania, U.S.A., India, Sweden, Spain, United Kingdom, and many other countries.
He was born in 1970 in Tehran. Graduated from "Iran University of Medical Sciences" as an M.D., he then served the military service in the hospital of the police force. After two years of service, he continued his further studies in Otolaryngology. In 2002 he finished his residency program. He got his degree as an Otolaryngologist, ranking first among his peers in the graduation. He has been active since 2002 in facial and nose cosmetic surgeries, nose and sinus endoscopic surgeries, breathing disorders, head, and neck tumors.
How this Procedure is Done
Before having any cosmetic surgery, you should consult with experienced specialists. In the very beginning, you must express your concerns, discuss your desired results, and ask any questions you have. At the same time, they evaluate your overall health and make sure that the operation is appropriate for you. If it suits your needs, they will elaborate on the stages that should be followed along with some pieces of advice regarding the whole process, recovery period, and final results. To go through this significant process successfully specially for surgeries like Otoplasty, Iranian surgeons are highly recommended. They perform many cosmetic surgeries annually and help their patients achieve their desired outcomes in the best way possible. In addition, they give you honest advice to be aware of every single step you need to take. The potential complications will also be explained so that you can think carefully before having such operations. Moreover, you can have these surgeries in Iran’s specialized clinics which offer up-to-date facilities. All these services will be provided with a low cost. Accordingly, you can save a considerable amount of money while having these cosmetic operations in Iran.
What is Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?
Otoplasty is a kind of cosmetic surgery that is also called "ear pinning". If there is a problem in your ear structure since birth, which affects your appearance as you get older, you can think of otoplasty as an option. In addition, misshapen ears caused by accidents or injury can be treated through this method. Otoplasty is helpful in making a natural shape by bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Apart from these physical improvements, going through such surgeries is so beneficial in boosting your self-confidence and feeling because all of them aim to enhance your appearance.
It’s important to note that this operation does not have any age limit. It is usually performed after age five since the ears should have developed completely and reached their full size. It also does not change the location of ears or weaken your hearing ability.
After having these surgeries, individuals suffering from their misshapen or big ears will feel free to cut their hair short or wear it up to enjoy their beauty without any concern about them.
Who Can Benefit From Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?
If you want to undergo this operation, you must be in good overall health and have realistic goals. Otoplasty can treat:
- Large or protruding ears: The majority of people decide to have this surgery mostly for getting rid of their large or protruding ears to feel better every time they look at themselves in the mirror. This surgery reduces the size of their ears and pulls them in toward the head to give them a more proportional look.
- Abnormally large or split earlobes: Earlobes are sometimes larger than usual or become saggy as time passes. They may also become splitting because of aging or wearing big and heavy earrings. Through this operation, surgeons will fix, re-size, and tighten the earlobes to make them look beautiful.
- Lop ear: These kinds of ears fold over at the top and tilt forward. Despite the fact that this physical deformity does not influence the hearing, it can destroy your self-confidence. This surgery reshapes the ear cartilage and tackles any similar problems that may accompany the lop ear deformity.
Depending on the type and complexity of the surgery, doctors will choose the most appropriate procedure. The operation might be conducted in your plastic surgeon's ofﬁce with advanced surgical facilities or in a specialized clinic.
This surgery normally takes one or two hours on average. There are several stages to pass through. At first, your plastic surgeon makes some incisions behind the ear in an inconspicuous location to prevent unsightly visible scars. Afterwards, cartilage will be removed and repositioned to draw the ears closer to the head or reshape them if necessary. The skin will also be tightened to draw over the new contours of the ear. Internal, nonremovable sutures are then used to create and secure the newly shaped cartilage. External stitches are used at the end to close the incision. Surgeons may employ a variety of techniques throughout the operation to help you achieve your favorable results.
It’s important to ask someone to take care of you for at least a couple of days because the more you rest, the better you will feel. Following the surgery, you will have to wear a headwrap until your surgeon removes it. Then, you will need to wear a headband for several weeks to protect your ears in the recovery process. To reduce and control the potential pain, surgeons typically prescribe certain medications. You may also have an itchy feeling because of the bandages. They should not be removed at all since they are used for protecting your ears and accelerating the healing process. You must avoid doing strenuous physical activity or lifting heavy objects for a while. You should also inform your surgeon of any complication that appears since additional treatment might be needed to minimize discomfort. Usually, you can go back to work and do your daily activities after a week or two after your doctor’s approval.
Remember to follow your doctors’ instructions carefully since if you do so, you will obtain your desired outcomes earlier than expected.
After removing the bandages and passing the recovery process, you will notice an immediate change in the appearance of your ears. Fortunately, these pleasant changes are everlasting. When the ears are positioned close to your head, scars will be completely hidden. Therefore, there is no need to worry about them. For enjoying the final results, you need to wait for a couple of months since they appear over time step by step.
There is no need to worry about the visibility of the incisions since cosmetic surgeons make them in an inconspicuous location behind your ears to hide them.
No. Glasses are placed on top of your ears. Accordingly, you won’t be able to wear glasses with frames of any type for at least several weeks. The time your recovery process takes highly depends on the amount of time you rest. As soon as the pain disappears and you feel better, you can set an appointment with your specialists. If they approve your ears’ health, you can use glasses.
Since in otoplasty surgeons address the outer ear, which plays only a small role in the way your ears process sound, your hearing ability will not be hampered. For avoiding such unpleasant complications, it’s better to consult with knowledgeable and experienced plastic surgeons before having these kinds of operations.
Swelling usually disappears after six months or more depending on the type of surgery and the problem you had. Accordingly, if you wait for three to six months, you can enjoy the new appearance of your ears. Remember that the duration of the recovery process decreases if you follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.