What is otoplasty?
Otoplasty is an aesthetic surgery to improve the appearance of the ears according to its shape and size.
This surgical intervention can give the patient the desired symmetry between their ears and facial features. Otoplasty can correct prominent ears, taking them to a more appropriate position and changing their size.
Who can have an otoplasty?
This surgery is an uncomplicated procedure and can be performed on any patient who is in good general health and who wants to improve the appearance of their ears.
It is a surgery very requested by both men and women, it is also performed in children, but in this case, it is necessary to perform it after the process of natural growth of the ears has ended.
What results can I expect from otoplasty?
Through Otoplasty you can obtain magnificent results so that your ears are proportionate to the rest of the body. Prominent ears are usually an issue that worries and affects several children, causing them to reject social relations in the areas where they develop, this makes the correction of prominent ears the most requested procedure within Otoplasty.
Otoplasty | Consultation process
In the consultation, the patient should ask the doctor all the questions he wants to ask related to the process. The doctor will give the patient exact instructions for the preparation of the surgery.
It is in the office where the doctor will give the patient options about the procedure he needs. The doctor will check the patient’s health before undergoing surgery.
Otoplasty | Technique and protocol
Otoplasty is an uncomplicated surgery that can be performed under local anesthesia and on an outpatient basis. The surgeon will proceed to modify the shape or size of the ears depending on the needs of the patient. The incisions are usually made in the back of the ear so the scar is barely visible.
An alternative to this procedure is Lobuloplasty or Reconstruction of the earlobe, which is performed when it has been torn or is damaged due to the aging process.
This surgery lasts about 20 minutes. Depending on the damage the lobe has, it can be done from a small resection (removing part of the lobe) to a flap to rebuild it. The technique used determines whether or not the ear hole is made; In the case of performing a flap, the ear hole is ready in the same surgery, however, when performing a resection, the ear hole must be redone after two months of recovery.
Otoplasty | Recovery and postoperative care
After the intervention, the surgeon will have the patient wear a bandage so the tissues heal in the desired way. Inflammation and discomfort gradually subside during the first days. At 7 days the patient will be able to return to their daily activities as long as they follow the surgeon’s instructions.
The medical staff will follow up to evaluate the success of the surgery and the general state of health of the patient. In the case of Lobuloplasty or Reconstruction of the earlobe, recovery is quick and painless. Rest should be done only on the day of surgery, but it should be taken into account that the ears cannot get wet in a couple of days, or become pending.
The stitches are removed in a period of two to three weeks. Aftercare to prevent the lobes from tearing again involves wearing only light earrings and removing them while sleeping and dressing or undressing to avoid accidents and prevent re-stretching.