Why is ear correction surgery performed?
For many years, you have not been satisfied with your reflection in the mirror, because of protruding, oversized, ugly, and asymmetric ears. There is a very simple solution to this problem. With a routine surgical intervention, it is possible to change the position of the ears, and in that way free the person of frustrations and dissatisfaction with their looks. Otoplasty surgery is done both with adults and with children.
There are various types of ear corrections. Some of them are: removing protruding ears, decreasing the size of the auricle, decreasing the size of the earlobe, correcting asymmetric ears (different shapes of ears).
At what age is it possible to do the surgery?
Ears can be corrected as soon as they stop growing, which is most often after the age of five. An adult person can also undergo this surgery.
What should be avoided before the otoplasty?
The restrictions are only in place for adults. If you are an adult who takes aspirin, anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen, and/or blood-thinning medicine ( warfarin or such), you need to stop using them several days before the operation to avoid additional bleeding. Smokers should refrain from smoking before the surgery because smoking has a negative effect on circulation and wound healing.
How is the otoplasty done?
The otoplasty surgery is mostly done in an ambulatory surgical center or a day hospital. It is mainly performed under local anesthesia. If a child is too upset, they can be put under general anesthesia.
Depending on the type of correction that is conducted, the surgeon will apply a specific surgical technique. The incisions are made either behind the ear or inside the rim of the ear. On this occasion, it is possible to remove the excess skin or cartilage. After that, the cartilage is folded into the desired position, which is fortified with an internal suture. The external incisions are closed by extra sutures
The ears are wrapped in bandages to protect and support them. You wear the bandages for 7 days. The bandages and sutures are removed on the seventh day. For 15 days after that, it is necessary to wear a headband over the ears when you sleep.
How long does the otoplasty operation last?
The otoplasty surgery usually lasts 1-2 hours.
Are there any risks with the otoplasty surgery?
The complications occur very rarely if the surgery is performed by an experienced surgeon. Nevertheless, in some patients, cartilage inflammation is possible.
What will you feel after the surgery?
After the otoplasty surgery, you might feel discomfort and itchiness. Some people might feel numbness and tingle for several weeks. Sometimes you can lose skin sensitivity on the ears, but that is only temporary. For a few days after the surgery, the ears might be swollen, but the swelling decreases naturally.
The surgeon will prescribe the painkillers that you may use if you feel any pain ( paracetamol or ibuprofen)
How should you behave after the surgery?
- Do not press nor rub the ears.
- You must not wash your hair until you have had the bandages removed.
- Sleep on your back to avoid pressure on the ears.
- Wear clothes that you do not need to pull on over your head.Wear clothes which are not put on over the head.
You can return to your daily routines right after the surgery as long as the bandages do not cause any aesthetic issues.
In two weeks, you can go swimming and do all the usual activities as long as you are cautious not to harm the ears.
When are the bandages removed?
You get the bandages removed in 7-10 days. The sutures are removed at the same time.
When are the results visible and how long do they last?
The first results are visible right after removing the bandages, and the final result is visible when the swelling subsides. The shift of the ear position is permanent. The scars are practically invisible, as they are behind the ears.
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