Otoplasty is ear surgery that is performed to improve the shape, projection, and size of the ears. Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is most commonly used to treat children or adults with prominent ears that protrude away from the head or “stick out too far.” This is a common source of self-esteem issues in both children and adults, causing people to cover their ears with their hair or avoid hairstyles or hats that emphasize the ears. The goal of otoplasty is to restore the ears to their natural shape, with normal projection and size, while also restoring balance and proportion to the ears and face. An unobtrusive appearance diverts attention away from the ears.
When is otoplasty desirable?
The operation is commonly accomplished after the age of five or six years. This corresponds to the time while the kid is set to begin school, while he or she can also additionally grow to be embarrassed and withdrawn due to their perceived difference from their classmates. It can also be performed on adults.
Who is a candidate for otoplasty?
How is the surgery performed?
The operative technique will differ depending on the patient’s physical features and the methods used by your surgeon. The goal is to remodel the cartilage to create a more pronounced fold in the middle of the ear. The skin behind the ear is removed, a portion of the cartilage is folded or removed, and the ear is allowed to bend naturally towards the side of the head. Depending on your general health and the extent of the procedure, the surgery can be performed as a day procedure or with a short hospital stay, under either local anesthesia (with or without sedation) or general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about an hour, and recovery is quick.
Recovery and post-operative care
Discomfort after ear surgery is normal and can be managed with oral pain medication. Children can return to school after one week, and adults can return to work over the same amount of time. Following the removal of the dressings, a headband is worn at night only for three months to protect the ears while sleeping. Patients can resume normal exercise in two weeks and sports in three weeks.
The majority of the swelling has resolved through four weeks after surgery. As the swelling maintains to solve the advent maintains to enhance and the contours appearance even more refined.