Are you unhappy with the appearance of your ears? Ears reshaping, or otoplasty is a common plastic surgery procedures performed to correct the bothersome appearance of protruding ears. While not having a direct functional relevance, Otoplasty is important because it eliminates a concern that can affect many patients, already at a young age, often being a cause for a negative self image. While ear correction procedures may not intend to achieve perfection, adjusting the proportion can help to significantly enhance your self-confidence and appearance. During the visit, prior to surgery, your plastic surgeon will examin your condition and outline possible solutions, complications, and surgical technique to be used for the aesthetic result unique to you.
Otoplasty surgery may be performed under general anesthesia, which causes you to sleep during the procedure. Alternatively, you may be given local anesthesia with sedation, in which the ears and surrounding areas are numb and you are relaxed but may not be asleep. Prior to making incisions, our plastic surgeon may draw small guidelines on or around your ears. The surgeon may choose to remove a small portion of the skin at the back of the ear so cartilage is exposed and can be reshaped. Depending on your particular structure and the extent of treatment necessary, sutures may be used to bend or pull the cartilage inward to create a close adherence.
A compression dressing will be left for 3-5 days after surgery. The stitches are removed 10 days after surgery. You will need to wear an elastic band for another 15 days, after which you can resume all normal activities. As with any surgical procedure, you may experience some pain, bruising, and swelling. You will likely be prescribed a pain medication to help keep you as comfortable as possible. The final result is assessed at least 6 months after surgery, and is almost always stable and definitive.
As with any medical procedure, complications can occur following surgery and patients need to be fully aware of their safety. Plastic Surgeon at Lesprit Medical Clinic does his utmost to minimise the possible complication associated with the procedure. You will be advised during your consultation on the most common complications and possible adverse effects following your procedure.
Your recovery period and post-operative care will be explained to you in detail during your consultation. The recommendations will be specifically tailored to your individual case and type of surgery carried out. You will be advised about basic steps to take such as taking or avoiding certain medication, sleeping position, driving, exercise or time off work, make up and other procedure-specific care.
Patients report how happy they are with the results of this type of surgery but it is important to have realistic expectations. While ear correction procedures may not intend to achieve perfection, adjusting the proportion can help to significantly enhance your self-confidence and appearance. The final result is assessed at least 6 months after surgery, and is almost always stable and definitive.
Specialist Plastic Surgeon at Lesprit Medical Clinic strongly advises you stop smoking prior to surgery as smoking can greatly impair your ability to heal and increase complication rates. Nutritional supplements, anticoagulant medication and anti-inflammatory drugs, (like Brufen, Voltaren, etc.), or any other blood thinning drug which increases the bleeding should be stopped prior to surgery unless otherwise instructed.