Otoplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape the outer ear. The aim is to modify and improve the appearance of the ear.
This surgery can help to modify varieties of ear problem such as:
- Bat (prominent ear)
- Lop ear: – ear tips folded down or towards the hole.
- Cupped ear: – very small ears.
- Shell ear:-curve in the outer rim.
- Build new ears: – who have born without prominent ear or lost them by injury.
- Large or stretched earlobes.
- Earlobes with creases.
Otoplasty can be done after age 5 to adulthood. After age 5 your ears are naturally grown. The surgery is also possible for adults and there is no specific risk added for the adults.
It is done if your ear sticks out improper or overly large and also if the bad appearance of the ears bothers you. Otoplasty can change the appearance but it won’t always make perfectly symmetry.
If you are going for otoplasty this a basic information for you. You should have to consult a doctor and discuss the modification you want, the doctor will make you understand the procedure as per the circumstances.
Before the surgery surgeon will explore to your medical history and also examine your ear and physical health for the better results.
Before the surgery, the surgeon may ask you to stop some medication and give you some basic instructions that you must have to follow.
The surgery starts anaesthesia, the surgeon will give the local anaesthetic drug to numb the surrounding part of the surgical area Or the general anaesthetic drug to make you unconscious If needed. The surgeon may give a general anaesthetic to the child.
The surgeon will make incisions on the back of the ear, surgeons will remove or fold the cartilage to make it appear natural.
After the incision surgeon will close the incisions by dissolvable stitches or staple to maintain the new shape.
The surgeon will cover the stitches with bandages to protect against the swelling and infection. You may feel discomfort and itchiness and pain. The doctor will prescribe you medicine to get relief from the pain and for better recovery. The doctor will give you some instructions about how you have to take care of the ear and the things you have to avoid.
After a few days, doctor will remove the bandage and replaced with lighter head dressing, you found your ear a little bit of swollen and red. Your stitches get removed or dissolved about 7 to 12 days. You can go back to work after a week but beware of some activities.
No such risk occurs when a highly qualified surgeon did surgery, there are some common effects which you can notice:
After your bandage gets removed you immediately can see the permanent change in the appearance of your ear.