Otoplasty (Ear correction)
Protruding or mal formed ears could detract attention from your face. This commonly occurring problem could have an adverse effect on a person’s confidence level and self esteem.
Otoplasty or Ear correction is a surgical procedure aimed at correcting deformities of the ears such as protruding ears, ears lacking folds and contours, cupped ears, shelled ears, birth defects, ears having excessive cartilage, malformed and mal-positioned cartilage, ears having soft-tissue deformity.
At Divine Proportions, our highly qualified surgeons utilize several techniques of Otoplasty to give you best individual results.
- Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure, for young patients, Otoplasty is performed under general anesthesia while for older children and adults local anesthesia is used.
- Selection of Otoplasty technique is based on the general anatomy of the ears, the extent of the ear cartilage, excessive skin in the surrounding area, or level of deformity in other areas of the ears.
- In one technique, incision is made behind the ear and the exposed ear cartilage is sculpted and re-positioned closer to the head.
- In the second technique the cartilage is not removed, instead the skin of the ear is removed; the ear cartilage is folded back and held in place with non-removable sutures.
- For total ear reconstruction or congenital microtia (ear absence) a framework is developed from the ribs, then the back is elevated and a skin graft is placed. The ear canal is then carved out.
- Week 1 – your head is wrapped in a thick bandage which is replaced by a lighter one after a few days. You will have a little soreness, aching or throbbing.
- Week 2 – you will have to wear special headbands.
You will be completely healed within six weeks of the surgery.
It is imperative to follow all post operative care instructions given by your surgeon to reduce risk of complication and to ensure a good result.
- Wear the bandage or headband all the time, more so during night. It should be removed only on the surgeon’s advice.
- Children should refrain from normal activity for at least seven days after surgery. Adult patients can usually return to normal activity within three days after surgery.
- Do not participate in any activity that disrupts the ears.
- Ears should not be bent for at least a month.
You will be an ideal candidate for Otoplasty if
- You have mal formed ears.
- You are above 4 years old and in good physical health.
Before / After Images for Otoplasty (Ear correction)
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Frequently Asked questions
How is an Otoplasty performed?
In otoplasty two common techniques are used. In the first type an incision is made behind the ear and the exposed ear cartilage is sculpted and re-positioned closer to the head with a series of stitches. In the second technique, the skin of the ear is removed and the ear cartilage is folded back and held in place with non-removable sutures.
How long do I have to be in the hospital?
Patient may go home the same day of the surgery.
When can I get back to work after the surgery?
You can get back to work within 3 days after your surgery but if you are a young child wait for a week before resuming normal activities.
Which Otoplasty technique is best suited for me?
You surgeon will need to evaluate the problem before suggesting the best procedure for your specific case.
What is the surgery time?
About one hour.
Will I have scars due to the surgery?
Due to the position of the incision it will not be visible.
What are the expected risks?
Complications are rare with otoplasty. Risks may include a blood clot on the ear or infection in the cartilage area.
How much does an Otoplasty cost?
You surgeon will be able to give you an estimate after examining your general health, your specific requirement and also the desired result.
At what age can Otoplasty be done ?
Ostoplasty can be performed on healthy individuals above the age of 4.
When can I resume my exercise routine?
After 3 weeks post surgery.