Ear plastic surgery – otoplasty
Ear plastic surgery improves the shape and appearance of the ear.
This surgery aims to achieve two main goals: to adjust the position of the ear closer to the head and reduce the size of the large ear while maintaining its natural appearance.
Ear surgery is also intended to make ears consistent with the rest of the facial features. All the incisions made during the surgery will be completely hidden behind the ear.
People eligible for ear plastic surgery
Ear plastic surgery is recommended for children when their ear formation is complete at the age of five or six years. It is usually recommended before they start school, which helps to avoid possible psychological trauma. Healthy adults can undergo ear plastic surgery and people who are uncomfortable with the appearance of their prominent ears.
Preparation for ear plastic surgery
One month before ear plastic surgery
You will be requested to stop taking certain medications such as aspirin and some vitamins, as well as to stop smoking completely.
One week before ear plastic surgery
Cosmetic surgeons will provide you with all necessary instructions before surgery.
A day before ear plastic surgery
Do not eat any type of food or drink during the time specified by the plastic surgeon.
The morning of ear plastic surgery
It is very important to wear comfortable clothes that are easy to wear and take off without touching your ears when returning to your home.
Procedures for ear plastic surgery
Cosmetic surgeons perform ear plastic surgery under general anesthesia for children and local anesthesia for adults. This is usually done within one day.
The incisions created during the surgery are well hidden behind the ear folds. The cartilage curves help to sew the area in a concealed professional manner and to fix the ear in its new location closer to the head.
After ear plastic surgery
One day after ear plastic surgery
You will be requested to wear a compression strap (bandage) on the head during the first 24 hours after the surgery. Some may experience swelling.
One week after ear plastic surgery
Some patients may return to work after the first week of the surgery, but this varies from patient to patient. It is also important to sleep with the head up during the first week following the surgery, this ensures a reduction of swelling behind the ear and in the middle of the ear cavity. You can do this by placing two or three pillows under your head.
One month after ear plastic surgery
You may sometimes notice a crepitation in the ear during the first month after the surgery; this is a normal part of the healing process. Try not to blow your nose unless necessary and do so gently, sneezing should be avoided for three weeks.
You should also avoid all activities that may cause increased blood pressure. It is necessary not to carry heavy objects for at least two weeks following the surgery.
When can I shower after undergoing ear plastic surgery?
Most patients can shower after removing the bandage on the third day. However, it is important to keep the ear canal completely dry. You can do this by placing a piece of cotton coated with Vaseline in the ear hole.
Will the incisions of the ear plastic surgery be apparent?
The incisions in the ear are made to be hidden in the ear folds so that they are barely visible.
Does ear plastic surgery affect hearing?
No. The procedure is performed only on the outer part of the ear, not to the inner part or the middle ear responsible for hearing.