Otoplasty is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to head or to reduce the size of large ears.
Who is a good candidate for a otoplasty?
For the most part, the operation is done on children between the ages of six to 14 years. Ears are almost fully grown by age six. Ear surgery on adults is possible, and there are generally no additional risks associated with ear surgery an older patient.
What will happen during surgery?
The surgery may take two to three hours. The technique will depend on the problem.
With one of the more common techniques, the surgeon makes a small incision back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. He or she will then sculpt the cartilage and bend it back toward the head. Non-removable stitches may be used to helix maintain the new shape.
In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear.
Adult and children are usually up and around within a few hours of surgery, although you may prefer to stay overnight in the hospital with child until all effects of general anesthesia wear off.
The patient’s head will be wrapped in a bulky bandage immediately following surgery to promote the best molding and healing.
After surgery, there is soreness and discomfort which is easily controlled by medication.
Within a few days, the bulky bandages will be replaced by a lighter head dressing similar to a headband. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s directions for wearing dressing, especially at night.
Stitches are usually removed, or will dissolve, in about a week.
The decision on when to return to work and normal activities depends on how fast you heal and how you feel. Sports should be avoided for four weeks.
Are there risks involved?
While all surgery carries some risk and plastic surgery is no exception. Serious complications are infrequent when the otoplasty is performed by qualified plastic surgeon. Risk of complications can be minimized by closely adhering to your surgeon’s advice on follow-up care.