Otoplasty

 

OTOPLASTY

Large, open ears can have direct effects on a person's self-esteem. Generally, people with large ears or separated from the head feel the need to perfect the shape of the ears and thus achieve a more pleasant appearance.

What are the indications?

The ears finish developing at age 4, so surgery can be performed from an early age.

Ear surgery is performed on people who:

  • Want their ears to be in proportion with the rest of their face.
  • Bring the ears closer to the head.
  • Change the shape of the ears.
  • Correct birth defects.

What is the procedure for ear surgery?

If you're thinking about having an otoplasty, you should consider the whole process you need to go through to get the right results

  • The first thing is to make an assessment appointment, where we will evaluate the characteristics of your ears.
  • Ear surgery lasts about an hour and can be performed under local anesthesia or under sedation when it comes to young children. Incisions are made in the back and front of the ear, sculpted and cut the cartilage that shapes the ear, and the incisions are closed. A special bandage is placed.

 

What's recovery like?

Patient care after surgery is just as important as using the right techniques to ensure proper outcomes.

  • As it is an outpatient procedure, the patient will be discharged a few hours after the procedure has finished.
  • In general, recovery is rapid and rarely presents discomfort. During the first 48 hours there may be some pain, to decrease this, the corresponding medications will be prescribed.
  • It is necessary to wear a special bandage for at least 10 days.
  • You can return to your normal activities with certain special care starting on the second day.

When will I be able to see the results?

Results can be observed almost immediately, and will improve with time. The final results are observed after 21 days.

Intervention time Anesthesia Hospitalization Recovery Effects Results
30 - 45 minutes Local or sedation Not required 1 day 4 - 6 weeks Permanent