This surgery allows to correct deformities in the ears, managing to modify the size and giving them a better appearance. The procedure also helps to bring the ears closer to the head by modifying any alteration in the shape of the ears.
In order to perform ear surgery, an incision is usually made in the back of the ear, allowing access to the ear cartilage. Later, the cartilage is molded and internal stitches are placed to help preserve the new shape. Every surgery is different, which is why sometimes a part of the cartilage must be removed to give the ears a better appearance. A wedge of skin from the back of the ear is finally removed. One of the advantages of otoplasty is that the scar remains little visible behind the ear. For this procedure, local anesthesia or general anesthesia is applied.
During the first few days after surgery, the patient will have a bandage around the head, which will immobilize the ears. After removal, the patient should wear a balacaca or soft bandage for one month.
Disability time is very short and you can return to work or study in the next 24 to 48 hours.
The incisions are behind the ears, which helps hide scars easily.
The surgery lasts approximately 30 to 60 minutes, is an outpatient procedure and will result in minimal disability. The stitches will be removed after 15 days, although resorbable sutures are usually placed.
The procedure can be performed on children from the age of 6 years, it is suggested that it be done before entering the school stage to avoid self-esteem problems.
This surgery can also be performed on adults who want to improve the appearance of their ears.