What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is an operation of the ears which reshapes the cartilage to correct the shape and alignment of ears that stick out or are too large. This will help create a more harmonious balance between the ears and the other features of the face.
Ears that stick out are a frequent cause for bullying in children and can make adults feel self-conscious about their appearance. Many adults with this particular problem avoid certain hairstyles, and even types of clothing, that they feel draws attention to the ears. Our specialists here at Adcure Clinic can correct these malformations with a simple operation, restoring self-confidence and self-esteem.
Who Is a Candidate for Otoplasty?
Otoplasty can be performed on children from the age of 14. If you or your child are distressed by the size of your ears and suffer physical or social discomfort as a result, you should consider this procedure. Our specialists at Adcure Clinic would be delighted to consult with you, and determine if surgery of the ears is the right move for you, as well as tell you what results you can expect from it.
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.