Otoplasty (ear surgery) is a procedure that takes place in order to change the shape, position and size of the ears. Otoplasty can be done at any age but it is usually performed after the age of 5, however, in certain cases, it can be done as early as the age of 3.
If a child is born with prominent ears, a special splint may correct the problem, if performed immediately after birth.
Otoplasty is typically done on both ears to optimize symmetry.
The incisions might be on the back of the patient ears and rarely within the inner creases. The excess cartilage can be removed or just sutured posteriorly. We also ford the cartilage into the proper position and secure it with internal stitches. The procedure typically takes about two hours.
After the otoplasty, the patient ears will be covered in bandages for protection and support. Pain medications are recommended.
To keep pressure off the ears, the patient must avoid sleeping on the side. Also, he/she try not to rub or place excessive force on the incisions.
A few days after the otoplasty, the bandages are removed. The ears will most likely be swollen and red. The patient will need to wear a loose headband that covers his/her ears at night for two to six weeks.
Like any other type of major surgery, otoplasty poses a risk of bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to anesthesia. It’s also possible to have an allergic reaction to the surgical tape or other materials used during or after the procedure.
After your bandages are removed, the patient will notice an immediate change in the appearance of your ears. These changes are permanent.
Complications in plastic surgery operations are not common but it is necessary to be aware of them at the first appointment.
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