What is an otoplasty?
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
How do I plan for my otoplasty?
You and your surgeon will discuss your goals to ensure that you’ll have realistic expectations and will know what can be achieved. He or she will need to know your medical history, and what medications you take. You’ll have a physical examination of your face and ears, and the surgeon will take several photographs.
Many surgeons use software which can show the results that are possible and help you see what the final outcome will be.
Before you decide on whether or not to go ahead with the procedure, you (or your child) should feel free to ask your surgeon any questions or discuss any fears or anxiety relating to the surgery.
What is the procedure for an otoplasty?
To correct protruding ears, the surgeon will create or increase the fold inside the rim of the ear and reduce enlarged cartilage of the external ear.
The internal sutures used in this procedure are not removed, since they will keep the reshaped cartilage in place. The incision is closed with external sutures.
How should I prepare for an otoplasty?
You will also have to have a blood test before surgery is performed.
You should stop taking certain medication, like aspirin and some anti-inflammatory drugs. Avoid recreational drugs, and disclose to your surgeon any other medication you’re taking, since you may need to adjust these.
Be sure to arrange for transport to and from the clinic, since you will not be able to drive yourself after the procedure.
Where will my otoplasty surgery be performed?
What anaesthetic will be used for my otoplasty?
How do I recover from my otoplasty?
Your surgeon will give you some advice and instructions, like avoiding strenuous activities, and wearing clothes that don’t need to be pulled over your head.
What can I expect after my otoplasty?
After the operation, the ears will be covered by a large bandage to help the moulding and healing. After about 10 days, the bandages can be removed, and any necessary stitches will also be removed.
Thereafter, a lighter headband-style dressing is often worn, particularly at night, for a few more weeks, and during this time you should avoid doing anything that might bend the ear.
When can I return to normal activities?
Remember not to drive or operate machinery for 48 hours after a general anaesthetic, or for 24 hours after intravenous sedation.
What are the risks involved in otoplasty surgery?
Other specific risks include infection, which can be treated with antibiotics, scarring that can become red and lumpy, and numbness or tingling for several weeks after surgery. There is a small risk that further adjustment surgery may be required.