Popularly referred to as a “Otoplasty”
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What is a Otoplasty — also known as cosmetic ear surgery?
It's a process to alter the shape, location or size of ears..
You may decide to go through an otoplasty procedure if you're unhappy with the distance your ears extend out of your head. Also, you could look into otoplasty if you're concerned that your ear is damaged because of an birth defect or injury.
Otoplasty can be performed at any time after the ears reach their full size, typically after age 5until adulthood. In some instances the procedure can be performed at a young age. If a child was predisposed to having prominent ears or some other issues with the shape of their ears Splinting can be effective in resolving the problem if it is initiated shortly following the birth.
At at least five, at times as early as four years old, children may undergo the procedure of otoplasty. Parents often opt to have this in a younger age before the children start their school years.
Adults and teens to be eligible for ear reshaping, it is a requirement that they be able to meet the criteria listed below.
- Healthy, without a previous history of untreated chronic ear infections
- Have no life-threatening illness
- Show that you can adhere to instructions with ease in the area of ear care
The field of plastic surgery has advanced to the point that surgeons are able to address a range of issues that affect the ears. They can alter the curvatures and folds that create the appearance of the ears. Reshaping the ear can fix an ear that isn't quite as shaped or awkward shapes that appear too big or noticeable. A skilled surgeon is able to modify the shape of the earlobe or eliminate wrinkles.
In the course of this procedure, the patients are given anesthesia which the doctor believes is appropriate for the procedure to be carried out. An incision is cut behind the ear in order to access the cartilage. The cartilage is then reshaped to alter how the ears look. Patients are discharged from surgery with a huge dressing and sutures to keep the changes.
The procedure can be completed in between two and three hours, based on the amount of the correction. Anesthesia can be general or local. used.
Each procedure is individualized in accordance with what you'd like to correct, the procedure follows the same procedures. In the beginning, an incision at the inner ear's back is created in order to reveal the cartilage. The cartilage is then reshaped and relocated as needed. Then, the incisions will be closed and then dressed.
If your ear requires to be rebuilt, which is the norm for those with microtias our team works with an otolaryngologist team who decide on the most effective hearing options on a per case basis.
Ear shaping surgery will take about two to three hours. If you need reconstruction of your ear, surgery will take six to seven hours.
For the first few days, you will likely experience some swelling in your abdomen and some general discomfort in the treated area. You can expect your stitches to be removed within a week and deeper sutures after two or three weeks.
It is recommended that you do light exercises since they help the healing process by lowering swelling (which decreases the chance of blood clots). On the other hand, strenuous exercises should be avoided for a few weeks until you feel ready to start using your abdominal muscles again.
Following your procedure there is a chance that you will feel discomfort that can be treated by taking prescribed pain medications. After your surgery, you will be given instructions to aid you in recovering.
Your head will be swaddled in a thick bandage following your operation. The bandages, as well as any sutures that are not dissolveable are removed after seven days. After that you'll require the headband that covers your ears until you've completed this healing procedure. Make sure to wear the headband as you rest during the first 3 months.
Avoid intense exercise or contact sports for at most six weeks.