What does it involve?
Ear surgery is generally performed under local anesthetic as an outpatient procedure and generally takes one to one-and-a-half hours to perform. If extensive surgery is required, a general anesthetic might have to be administered. In this case, an overnight stay in hospital will be necessary.
Depending on the abnormality or deformity that needs to be corrected, one of a variety of reconstructive surgery techniques can be used. The two most common are;
- Cartilage resection. This is used when the ears protrude (stick out) from the head, and involves realigning the angle the ears make to the head. The desired angle to achieve is 30 degrees.
- Cartilage weakening and suture. While the cartilage in children’s ears is still generally soft and pliable, in adults it tends to harden and thicken. In this case, it must be weakened in order to correct any deformity.
Post – Op Care
Otoplasty is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, and the patient can be taken home shortly after surgery is complete.
After surgery, a dressing will be placed on the ears to hold them in their new position. This will be replaced after three or four days with an elastic band, which should be worn for a week.
The stitches will be removed after seven days. During this period it is important that the wound is given daily care. Earphones that exert pressure or heavy earrings should not be worn in the weeks following the surgery.
Two weeks after surgery the ears will have gained an almost normal appearance. However, they will not take on their final appearance until at least two months after surgery when all scarring and bruising has finally disappeared.
Schedule a consultation with our specialists today, here at Adcure, and we will be happy to discuss your options for achieving a more harmonious, attractive look.