Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
The technique used will depend on the nature of your problem. Generally the surgeon will make a small incision at the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. It will then be sculpted and bent back towards the head. Sometimes permanent sutures are put in to hold the new position. Occasionally, a larger piece of cartilage is removed to attain a more natural-looking fold after surgery. In a different technique, stitches are used to fold the cartilage back on itself and the cartilage is not removed.
In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar at the back of the ear that will fade with time. Even when only one ear appears to protrude, surgery is usually performed on both ears to create a more even look.
1 - 3 HOURS
Pre Operative Care
Post Operative Care
Following surgery your head will be wrapped in bandages to maintain the position and facilitate healing. The ears may throb or ache for a few days following surgery. This is normal and will disappear with time.
After a few days the bandages will be replaced by a lighter head dressing and eventually a head band. It is very important that the dressings are worn at all times, especially at night when you go to bed.
Sutures, if used, will be removed or will dissolve in about 1 week.
Each individual is different, however, following surgery you may experience some of the following side effects: temporary throbbing, aching and swelling, redness and numbness.
For the first few months patients should avoid any strenuous activities or contact sports. You will be able to return to work or school within 5 to 7 days.
Risks and Complications
All surgery carries risk, and you should be fully aware of the medical risks associated with this procedure before you consent to surgery.
Risks and risk rates vary from patient to patient. Everybody is different. A small proportion of patients develop a blood clot on the ear. This may dissolve naturally or can be drawn out with a needle. Infection is another common risk, but with the use of antibiotics this is practically eliminated. Very rarely excessive scarring, mismatched or artificial-looking ears or a recurrence of the protrusion, requiring repeat surgery is experienced. However this is very uncommon.