Otoplasty (commonly known as Ear Surgery) is a cosmetic procedure that improves and reshapes the appearance of the outer ears. In some cases, only one ear may require cosmetic surgery. In others, both ears may need to be operated on to address an imbalance. This type of plastic surgery will only correct or alter the shape of the ears but will not improve or affect the function and hearing of the ear. Dr. Torgerson is an Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) with specialty fellowship training in Facial Plastic Surgery. This means that he has obtained the highest degree of training available in Canada to perform otoplasty and is an expert in his field.
At Dr. Torgerson’s private Toronto Surgical Facility, ear cosmetic surgery usually takes about one to two hours and can be done under local anesthesia. The technique and duration will vary depending on the nature of the problem. During this procedure, one of the techniques Dr. Torgerson uses is to make a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the cartilage. He will then sculpt the cartilage and bend it back toward the head. Non-removable stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape. Occasionally, the surgeon will remove a larger piece of cartilage to provide a more natural-looking fold once the surgery is complete.
The recovery time for Otoplasty is 1 week, and any removable sutures come out in 1week, although depending on the form of ear surgery, there may be no sutures to remove. Immediately following surgery, the patient will recover for a few hours in a private recovery room. Following that, the patient will be released into the care of a responsible family member or friend and be able to return home on the same day. A patient will need to wear a headband dressing over their ears for the first few days and be careful during sleep to not put excess pressure on their ears. Detailed post-operative instructions are given to otoplasty patients, and Dr. Torgerson’s personal contact information is available for patients so they can have immediate contact through phone, text, or email 24 hours a day. The ears are tender for 3 to 5 days, but most people find that they are back into their normal routine shortly thereafter. Complications are rare and, if they do occur, are usually minor. Following the post-care instructions and choosing a reputable Facial Plastic Surgeon will minimize the risks as well. For the most part, after the ear healing is complete, any signs of plastic surgery are well hidden, and most people will not be able to discern if a patient has had ear surgery or not.
Although there may be many surgeons who offer otoplasty (ear surgery), Facial Plastic Surgeons and Ear, Nose and Throat (E.N.T) Surgeons perform an overwhelming majority of these surgeries. Dr. Torgerson is one of the top Otoplasty experts in Canada, as he is both an ENT surgeon and a Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, having achieved his credentials in both surgical specialties. Choosing a Facial Plastic Surgeon who is highly trained and experienced in Otoplasty is the number one consideration. Following this, patients should also consider their personal rapport and comfort level with the surgeon, approved operating room facilities, the reputation of the surgical facility, the before and after photos of previous patients, and that there have been no malpractice claims.
Candidates for ear surgery can be as young as four years old! When performed at an early age, ear surgery can help alleviate some of the social challenges related to prominent ears.
The good news is that, no, hair will not be cut or shaved, not even on long-haired patients. The incisions are made behind the ear, and the hair will not be affected.
No, otoplasty will not affect hearing positively or negatively, as it is an outer ear surgery, and hearing is comprised of functions inside the body in the middle and inner ear.
Dr. Cory Torgerson performs Otoplasty Surgery at his own approved and inspected Private Surgery Centre. Ontario has strict guidelines regarding who can operate a private surgery centre and what standards must be adhered to. Dr. Torgerson’s Surgery Centre is one of a select few in Ontario to have achieved Full Level 3 status (the highest you can get). The site is routinely inspected, and Dr. Torgerson’s team strives to surpass all of the standards of care and quality. The benefits to having your cosmetic surgery performed in a private facility are numerous. Some of them involve the level of professional, expert care you can expect to receive, scheduling, and knowing that you never have to be concerned about surgery cancellations because another urgent medical case took precedent over yours (which is often the case in a hospital setting). The College of Physician and Surgeons of Ontario routinely assesses Out-of-Hospital Premises. Below are some of their thoughts regarding the Facial Cosmetic Surgery Faciltiy operated by Dr. Cory Torgerson:
Some patients are concerned only about their earlobe. Many women have experienced stretching or tears due to heavy earrings and would like it repaired. Others may simply feel that their earlobe is too long or that it has too many wrinkles and large creases. Dr. Torgerson is able to reshape and repair the earlobe, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. The earlobe repair can be done quickly and easily under local anesthesia, and patients can return to their normal activities very quickly.