To humans, the outer ear (the visible portion) has an aesthetic role. Functionally, it ensures the sound waves are captured and their focus is on the auditory conduit.
With modern surgery, faults can be easily corrected, through rapid intervention and hidden scars. The result is obtained quickly and is stable. The intervention is called otoplasty, and the end result involves the proximity of the ears and, as the case may be, the remodelling of the pavilion.
This ear surgery seems to be an aesthetic but, in fact, it is a reconstruction intervention (altering the size, positioning or prominence of the outer portion of the abnormal ears) that has a positive and long-term impact on the patient mental state. Otoplasty creates a natural shape, restoring balance and proportion between the ears and the face.
The procedure can be performed at any age. Children are most often targeted at situations where they are offended by such a defect. Therefore, otoplasty, one of the most aesthetically pleasing services, greatly improves self-esteem and person’s image. Otoplasty may also be required after an accident that has affected the ear.
You should consider otoplasty if:
- Your ears are prominent;
- Your ears are too big compared to your face;
- One of the ears is more bulky than the other;
- One or both ears have an unusual shape.
There isn’t an ideal age to initiate an ear correction by otoplasty. However, it is recommended that otoplasty be performed after the age of six, when the ear cartilage is fully developed (reaching about 85% of the final size as an adult).
If we talk about children, in our perspective, the right age for otoplasty is 8-9 years old: when the child is big enough to understand the need and hasn’t had time to get the psychosocial stress caused by this imperfection.
During the consultation, you will have the opportunity to tell us what is the transformation you want to get after the surgery.
Together, we will set our specific and realistic objectives, taking into account your desire and medical history.
At that time, you will receive precise recommendations on food, smoking and medication.
- There are many diseases that can damage the ear and the operation is planned according to the deformations to be remedied.
- To achieve the desired appearance, certain parts of the ear can be moved, transformed, filled or removed.
- Usually, this procedure is performed in local anaesthesia with sedation and no hospitalisation is required. In some situations, general anaesthesia is preferred. During the consultation, you will find out if you can go home after a few hours of surveillance or if it is advisable to stay in the clinic overnight.
- The operation takes 1-2 hours.
The incision is made behind the ear. The cartilage, the tissue supporting the ear, is remodelled and hardened with permanent sutures to create a more pleasant form. Excess skin and cartilage will be removed. Postoperative scars will be hidden in the natural folds of the skin.
To correct certain deformations, an incision may be required on the external surface of the ear.
The purpose of the plastic surgeon is to camouflage any trace of the operation to get the image of a healthy and harmonious ears.
The threads are extracted within 8-12 days of the intervention.
Your hearing will not be affected by surgery.
Postoperatively, we apply a compression bandage over the ears to protect the operation, and the head should be kept in a correct position.
After 5-6 days of surgery, we remove the bandage and you will wear a headband used to hold the ears in their new position for 3 weeks.
Postoperative recovery is short, with patients being able to integrate into the community after about 7 days.
It is forbidden to practice any type of sport for a while.
The postoperative result is permanent, the ears not returning to the initial position.
Otoplasty surgery has no specific contraindications.
More details about intervention and post-operative recommendations will be received at the consultation.
The risks of such surgery are non-existent, and complications are rare and minor.
The harmony of a face has no consequences for our clinic, and otoplasty operations will always be treated with professionalism and attention.
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It is a great challenge for those with an unnatural aspect of the ears to overcome their fears and achieve this important step in their lives: seeking surgical correction through otoplasty in order to improve their appearance.
But rapid and permanent results stimulate the recovery of self-esteem, appreciation and self-worth.
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