Most consultations with cosmetic plastic surgeons are booked due to overwhelming concerns regarding the face. Patients are either anxious about the signs of ageing that are becoming evident, or they would like to modify a facial feature that they don’t like or that they feel may be out of balance with the rest of their overall appearance.
Otoplasty is the most popular ear surgery procedure among individuals who want to bring their appearance into balance and harmony. Otoplasty procedures are administered on individuals who don’t like the shape or size of their ears.
An otoplasty is designed to correct any imperfection in the external ear. In Greek, oto translates to ear, and plasty to shape. Thus, this surgery restructures and reshapes any imperfection of the ear. Aesthetically, some measurements mandate what the average distance the ears should protrude from the head and the angle they should be positioned. The outer ear area is made up of complex and intricate cartilage; alterations in the size and shape of the ear can be made by manipulating the cartilage.
Common Ear Related Complaints
The most complaints that surgeons hear at consultations with new patients is that protruding ears project too far away from their head. Just by taking out a tiny piece of the cartilage, the surgeon can minimise the concha bowl’s size, and the ear will automatically move closer to the head. Another common complaint surgeons hear is that the ears are too big, which is often this is due to the top part of the ear being way too flat. By simply pinching the cartilage to mimic the fold, this problem can be fixed.
The primary goal of Otoplasty is to make the ears look well-contoured and more proportionate in both shape and size. Otoplasty surgery should only be administered by an ear, nose and throat specialist or a qualified and experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon. By choosing a reputable plastic surgeon who specialises in ear surgery, you will achieve optimal results.
Certified plastic surgeons administer Otoplasty in state-of-the-art, accredited facilities in just under 1 1/2 hours. Most ear surgeries can be administered with local anaesthetic and sedation. The incisions that are made during the procedure are either between the head and ear or behind the ear; therefore they will not be noticeable afterwards.
Recovering From Ear Surgery
Immediately after surgery, you will have a head bandage placed around your ears and this will need to be worn for the first 24 hours to protect the ears. Following this, your surgeon will recommend that you wear a headband around your ears and head during the first week while the incisions heal. Generally, absorbable stitches are used and will disappear within seven to ten days. Complications with otoplasty surgeries are extremely rare due to the fact that they deal with manoeuvring the cartilage of the outer ear — not the inner ear.