Ear surgery is usually performed in patients with protruding ears or too large auricles, that are the reason for the complex in adults. The surgery enhances the natural shape of ears.
Who is a candidate?
The surgery is usually performed in patients who do not accept the appearance of their ears because of its shape and size.
Before the surgery
The plastic surgeon will thoroughly analyze your medical history as well as the condition of your general health.
You will also receive detailed information that will help you to properly prepare for the procedure. It includes:
- quitting smoking,
- list of contraindicated drugs,
- proper wound care technique,
- eating and drinking restrictions day before the surgery.
In some cases, additional treatments are recommended to complement the surgery, but your plastic surgeon will let you know in advance.
The course of the surgery
There are several methods of performing ear surgery that differ in the course of skin incisions. The type of the surgery is selected individually based on your expectations and anatomical conditions. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the type of surgery during the preoperative consultation.
Type of the anesthesia
The procedure may be performed under local anesthesia or local with additional analgosedation. In children, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
After the surgery
Most of the patients will experience mild pain and discomfort in the operated region that is usually well controlled with prescribed painkillers. Swelling and bruising of the ears region usually occur, however they subside within 14 days.
You will have to wear a special earband continuously for the first two weeks. Then it should be worn overnight for the next 8 weeks.
Otoplasty usually improves the shape and size of auricles. Before the surgery, carefully consider your expectations regarding the results of the procedure and discuss them with your plastic surgeon. Complications are usually rare and they include: asymmetry, impaired wound healing, complications related to anesthesia, bleeding and hematoma.
Not every patient qualifies for a rhinoplasty, and your possible complications may differ from other patients. Your plastic surgeon will explain the possible risks and complications of the surgery before the operation.
Otoplasty improves the shape, position and proportion of the ear.