Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is performed to improve the shape, proportion or position of the ear. Ear surgery can correct a defect in the ear structure that presents itself at birth and becomes more apparent with maturity, as well as sports related or injury related shape disfigurement. Otoplasty recreates the ears natural shape while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. The correction of even minor deformities can have profound effects on appearance and in self-confidence. If you have protruding or disfigured ears that bother you or your child, you may wish to consider this procedure. Ear surgery can treat; overly large ears (macrotia), protruding ears on one side or both, sports related or injured ears.
Depending on the patient, the surgeon can perform this surgery under local, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
The doctor will correct the protruding ears using surgical techniques to remove or reposition the cartilage of the ear. Typically, the incisions for the operation are made on the back surface of the ear. If incisions are necessary on the front of the ear, they are made within the folds of the ear to hide them. Internal sutures, which are non-removable, are used to create and secure the newly shaped cartilage in place.
All patients will experience some discomfort immediately following ear surgery, this is normal and to be expected. The discomfort can be controlled easily with pain medication. An additional postoperative symptom may be an itchy feeling under bandages. The bandages should not be removed and need to stay in place. Noncompliant patients may experience a reduction in the effects of the procedure and may require a secondary surgery.
Although rare, surgical procedures can encounter complications. Your surgeon and or their staff will explain in detail the risks associated with the surgery. Possible side effects can be asymmetry, bleeding (hematoma) or blood clots, infection, change in skin sensation, and skin discoloration/swelling. Following your plastic surgeon’s surgical preparation instructions, and postoperative care will maximize success and minimize the risk of complication.
Most patients can return to work after one week. Once the bandages are removed, you will notice the difference immediately, and often subtle changes can occur for up to 12 months from the surgery. The scars will take from a few months to a year to fade.
Note: Your individual concerns and particular medical history will need to be shared and discussed with your surgeon during your initial consultation. While the information provided above is meant to be educational, it is not meant to be conclusive or comprehensive. Please take the time to do extensive research on the procedure(s) you are considering and the risks associated with those treatments. My Secret Fountain of Youth Limited is a medical tourism facilitator and supplies this general information to its prospective clients on behalf of the hospitals, surgeons, and dentists that we feature. This website and the information it provides shall not be construed as offers to provide medical advice. No information provided on this website should be interpreted as My Secret Fountain of Youth Limited or its personnel offering or providing medical advice or recommendations.