EAR CORRECTION (OTOPLASTY)
Prominent ear correction is a relatively straightforward and simple procedure to help produce a better symmetry between your ears as well as improve general ear shape and adjust your ears so they sit nearer to your head. Although perfect symmetry can be near impossible, this procedure can certainly produce a smaller and neater result that can boost your self-confidence.
What does the procedure involve?
Otoplasty or pinnaplasty can be done using a few different techniques. The method we tend to opt for involves making a small incision at the back of the ear. Skin is then removed and a number of permanent sutures are used to fold the cartilage back on itself – this reshapes the ear without the need to remove any cartilage. This style of surgery will leave a scar on the back of your ear; however, this will fade over time.
Even if you feel you only need the procedure on one ear, both will usually be operated on as this generally produces a more balanced final result.
What does the recovery involve?
Ear correction surgery is normally performed under general anaesthetic as a day case so you can leave the same day as your surgery. Immediately after the operation, you will need to wear a head dressing for a few days – this helps with the moulding and healing process. Expect your ears to throb or ache a little but this can easily be remedied by medication. Once the dressing comes off, you will then be given a protective headband to wear at nights for the next six weeks.
Your stitches will either be removed or will dissolve after about a week. Make sure you avoid any activity that may bend your ears for about six weeks too, although you will be able to return to work after about five days recovery. If the procedure was performed on a child, they can return to school after about a week, however, they will need to be careful in the playground.
Are there any risks for this procedure?
This treatment is a low-risk option. If a blood clot develops behind the ear, this will often dissolve naturally or it can be drawn out using a needle. If an infection develops, then this can be easily treated with antibiotics, with surgery as a last resort. The scar behind the ear may occasionally heal with a red, raised scar – this will settle down over time but may need additional treatment, so be sure to mention this to your surgeon.
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