Otoplasty is a form of plastic surgery that helps improve the size and shape of ears to make the face appear more proportionate. The surgery is performed most commonly on children between the ages of 4 and 14, but even adults may undergo the procedure at any age. Individuals suffering from extra-large ear lobes, protruding ears, shell ear or lop ear can benefit significantly from otoplasty.
Otoplasty can be used in several ways to reshape the ears. One of the common methods is to cut out the cartilage, which constitutes the primary structural part of the ear. Another method avoids cutting of the cartilage, and instead the cartilage is folded and stitched.
In all cases, the plastic surgeon will begin by making a minor incision at the back of the ear. Through the incision the surgeon can access the cartilage for the required procedure. Once the correct shape has been designed, the surgeon will close the incision with stitches.
What to Expect During the Otoplasty Procedure
An otoplasty procedure is typically performed as an outpatient surgery. The entire procedure may be completed in about two to three hours, depending on the complexity of the case. A child may receive general anesthesia for total immobility during the procedure, but adults may do with local anesthesia and sedation. Most patients can go home the same day after the surgery, but in case of smaller children, the surgeon may prefer to keep them overnight at the facility.
Following otoplasty, the ears will have to remain covered in bandages for a few days to provide protection against infection and support until the healing is completed. The patient may experience mild itching and discomfort for the first few days. Pain reliever medication recommended by the operating surgeon will usually suffice. The patient should avoid sleeping on the side for a few days and keep pressure off the ears. Once the bandages are removed, the patient may have to wear a loose headband to cover the ears at night for about a month. The ears may remain slightly reddish and swollen for a few days, and the headband can prevent them from pulling forward during sleep or in day time.
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