Otoplasty (Ear correction)
Protruding ears or mal formed ears are a common occurrence however they could have an adverse effect on a person’s confidence level and self esteem.
Otoplasty or Ear correction is a surgical procedure intended to correct deformities of the ears such as protruding ears, ears lacking folds and contours, cupped ears, shelled ears, birth defects, ears having excessive cartilage, malformed and mal-positioned cartilage, ears having soft-tissue deformity.
At Divine Proportions we utilize several techniques of Otoplasty and perform the one that best suits your individual requirements.
- Otoplasty for young patients usually requires the administration of general anesthesia while for older children and adults a local aesthetic combined with a sedative is given. It is an outpatient procedure.
- An appropriate Otoplasty technique is selected based on the general anatomy of the ears, the extent of the ear cartilage, excessive skin in the surrounding area, or level of deformity in other areas of the ears.
- In one technique once an incision is made behind the ear, exposed ear cartilage is sculpted and re-positioned closer to the head with a series of non-removable stitches.
- In the second technique, the skin of the ear is removed and the ear cartilage is folded back and held in place with non-removable sutures. In this technique cartilage is not removed.
- For total ear reconstruction or congenital microtia (ear absence) a framework is developed from the ribs, then the back is elevated and a skin graft is placed. The ear canal is then carved out.
- Week 1 – The head is wrapped in a thick bandage which is exchanged for a lighter one after a few days of surgery. A little soreness, aching, or throbbing is normal.
- Week 2 – Special headbands are worn.
You will be completely healed within six weeks of the surgery.
It is imperative to follow all post operative care instructions given by your surgeon to reduce risk of complication and to ensure a good result.
- Ensure that the bandage or headband is worn all the time, more so during night. It should be removed only on the surgeon’s advice.
- Children should refrain from normal activity and for at least seven days after surgery. Adult patients can usually return to normal activity within three days after surgery. However all patients should ensure that any activity that disrupts the ears should not be taken up and the ears should not be bent for at least a month or more.
Patients usually decide on an Otoplasty when they have mal formed ears.
Patient should be above 4 years old and in good physical health.
Before / After Images for Otoplasty (Ear correction)
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Frequently Asked questions
How is an Otoplasty performed?
In otoplasty two common techniques are used. In the first type an incision is made behind the ear and the exposed ear cartilage is sculpted and re-positioned closer to the head with a series of stitches. In the second technique, the skin of the ear is removed and the ear cartilage is folded back and held in place with non-removable sutures.
How long do I have to be in the hospital?
Patient may go home the same day of the surgery.
When can I get back to work after the surgery?
You can get back to work within 3 days after your surgery however children should wait for a week before resuming normal activities.
Which Otoplasty technique is best suited for me?
You surgeon will need to evaluate the problem before suggesting the best procedure for your specific case.
What is the surgery time?
The actual procedure lasts about an hour.
Will I have scars due to the surgery?
The position of the incision is behind the ear and the incision will not be visible after it has healed.
What are the expected risks?
Complications are rare with otoplasty. Risks may include a blood clot on the ear or infection in the cartilage area.
How much does an Otoplasty cost?
You surgeon will be able to give you an estimate after examining your general health, your specific requirement and also the desired result.
At what age can Otoplasty be done?
Ostoplasty can be performed on healthy individuals above the age of 4.
When can I resume my exercise routine?
You can resume exercise 3 weeks after the surgery.