Ear Surgery / Otoplasty

Ear Surgery / Otoplasty2021-05-06T16:00:19+02:00

What is Otoplasty?

Cosmetic ear surgery or otoplasty is the surgical correction of the external ear. This procedure addresses congenital ear conditions, aesthetic corrections, or injury reconstructions.

Children with congenital ear anomalies are, unfortunately, exposed to ridicule by their peers. This can manifest as a lack of self-confidence and an unwillingness to take part in social activities. By operating on the cartilage framework I can gain what is aesthetically the norm. I operate through small incisions and incisions behind the ear for minimal scarring.

Results are immediately visible. Bandages are only occasionally needed. This surgery has very satisfactory results and the scars are well hidden.

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How to plan for otoplasty?2021-05-28T15:46:38+02:00

To plan for otoplasty you will need a consultation to investigate whether this surgery is suitable for you. If it is, we will discuss your goals and what your realistic expectations should be.

If the patient is a child they should be at least 5 years old and be able to understand and willing to follow instructions.

What is the procedure for otoplasty?2021-05-28T15:38:51+02:00

The procedure for otoplasty is performed under either local or general anaesthetic.

I will make an incision at the back of the ear and expose the cartilage. The cartilage will be reshaped and stitched into position. This will leave a faint scar behind the ear that will fade in time.

The internal stitches used are usually permanent to keep the cartilage in place.

How to prepare for otoplasty surgery?2021-05-28T15:31:55+02:00

To prepare for otoplasty surgery, you may be asked to stop smoking for 2 – 4 weeks prior to the procedure. Nicotine retards the healing process, and quitting for as long as possible before surgery helps improve blood flow.

You might also have to have a blood test before surgery is performed.

During the consultation be sure to disclose what medication, vitamins, and supplements you are taking. I may need to adjust this leading up to surgery. You should avoid certain medications like aspirin and some anti-inflammatory drugs. You may also need to stop taking some vitamins and supplements. Avoid any recreational drugs.

Be sure to arrange for transport to and from the clinic. You will not be able to drive yourself after the procedure.

What to expect after otoplasty?2021-05-28T15:35:55+02:00

After the otoplasty procedure results are immediate, bandages are only occasionally required.

A light dressing might be recommended, especially at night, for a few more weeks to help prevent any folding of the cartilage.  Care should be taken not to do anything that might bend the ear.

There is little pain involved in an otoplasty. There may be some discomfort for the first week but your medication will ease the pain.

Avoid strenuous activities and pulling clothes over your head.

If the patient is a child they may be active within a few hours of surgery. Most children return to school after a week but must take care when playing or engaging in physical activities.

What are the risks of otoplasty surgery?2021-05-28T15:30:25+02:00

With any surgery, including otoplasty, there is a (low) risk of post-operative infection, bleeding, and swelling.

There is a risk of scares turning red and lumpy but this should fade in time. There have been reports of numbness and tingling several weeks after surgery but this should also be temporary.

There is a small risk of further adjustment surgery.

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