Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
Otoplasty is a procedure designed to pin back the ears closer to the head
or reduce their size. This procedure can be performed on younger individuals
to avoid being teased from others. This results in more natural-looking
ears. The otoplasty procedure varies with every patient and their degree
of ear deformity.
The operation usually takes about two hours and is performed in an outpatient
setting under general or local anesthesia. During the operation, an incision
is made behind the ear to hide any obvious marks of surgical intervention.
Multiple, strategically placed sutures are placed to shape the cartilage
into normal folds, which were missing pre-operatively. The cartilage is
then re-shaped using techniques of scoring, suturing, limited removal
or combinations of the three.
The reshaped framework is then repositioned to achieve the best balance
with the opposite side and to reduce excessive projection. The skin is
redraped, any excess skin is removed, and the incision behind the ear
is closed. A gentle pressure dressing is placed to prevent excessive fluid
accumulation beneath the skin.
To reduce the swelling or collection of fluid beneath the skin, you'll
have a dressing on your head to put gentle pressure on your ears and maintain
their new position. After about two or three days, the dressing will be
removed. All of your incisions will be carefully closed with stitches.
Some of the suture will dissolve while other sutures will require removal
in 7 to 10 days. You'll be able to wash your hair as soon as your
head dressing is removed on the second or third day after surgery.
Most patients experience very little pain following their procedure. There
will be slight discomfort or soreness- mostly when you bump or move your
ears. This will be for about a week or two. You'll notice some swelling
in the ears for two to three weeks following surgery. Most bruising will
resolve in the first week or two. During this time, you can cover your
ears with your hair.