Overview - Otoplasty
Otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that creates the desired ear shape, position, or size. Also, plastic surgeons apply otoplasty to deformed ears due to structural defects or injuries.
Our ears are organs that directly affect our physical appearance. If you are unhappy about the shape, size, or position of your ears, otoplasty (ear reshaping) may be the answer you are looking for.
Why Otoplasty Is Done?
Surgeons apply otoplasty to the auricle, which is the visible part of our outer ear. Also, the auricle consists of cartilage tissue and skin and is formed in the womb. The size, shape, or position of your ears affect your appearance. However, otoplasty can remove any disfigurations.
What Can You Expect?
Depending on the condition of the ear, the surgery may take 1-3 hours.
Local anesthesia with sedatives is more suitable for adults and older children. Moreover, surgeons often prefer general anesthesia for young children.
During the Procedure
According to the type of correction, surgeons determine the necessary surgical technique. They make incisions behind your ears or in the inner crease of your outer ear.
Next, they get rid of the excess skin and cartilage and fold the cartilage into the desired shape.
After completing the procedure, surgeons bandage the ears for support and protection. At this stage, it’s natural to feel some itching or discomfort. If the prescribed medicine increases your discomfort, you should definitely contact your doctor.
Never apply pressure to your ears after surgery. Be careful not to sleep on your side and not to wear clothes that you need to wear over your head. Also, avoid scratching the incision areas.
After a few days from surgery, your bandages will come off. They give you a loose headband so you do not damage the surgery area while you sleep.
Lastly, your doctor will decide when you can shower or resume physical activity.
Types of Otoplasty
If you want to increase the size of your ears, this surgery is suitable for you.
If your ears protrude too far from your head, your surgeon can pin your auricles closer to your head with otoplasty.
Your ears may be too large for your head. Many people suffering from this condition prefer otoplasty to reduce the size of their ears.
The otoplasty procedure is suitable for anyone aged 5 or over and in good general health.
The results of otoplasty are permanent. After your plastic surgeon removes your bandages, you will immediately see the changes in your ears.
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