Being one of the most common imbalances in the physiognomy, ear shape and size is one of the aesthetic concerns of many people, since childhood. The most frequent complaints are expressed by formulations telling total dissatisfaction. For example: “I have asymmetrical ears”, “I am lop-eared”, “My ears are too big”. These expressions hide not only a dissatisfaction with the ears, but also a lack of trust and emotional imbalances, actually generated by these small defects.
The correction of all these emotional and aesthetic discontents, is made through surgery, performed on the external ear – otoplasty surgery. Because ot the the amount of people dissatisfied with the appearance, size and position of their ears, otoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedure. If you are one of those people requesting this intervention, you will find bellow the details about the recovery period and the risks that are involved.
What is the otoplasty surgery?
It’s the surgery that corrects the position or shape of the ear pavilion.
Who is the ideal candidate for the external ear surgery?
This intervention is indicated for people or children exceeding 6-7 years old, having a deformation of the auricular pavilion or having a distance between the ears and skull.
A laser incision is made, hidden behind the ear pavilion to perform a recovery and reshape of the ear. The intervention is performed under general anesthesia (general anesthesia is the best choice for patient’s safety and comfort in the realization of the operation). Hospitalization is made for one night only.
How long does it takes and how is the recovery after a surgery otoplasty done?
After the intervention, the patient wears a bandage over the ears. The bandages are removed 10 days after the surgery, and another bandage must be maintained for 90 days, to ensure permanent pressure in curing the ear in its new position.
Who isn’t suited for the otoplasty? This intervention is contraindicated to persons having:• local skin infection;• peripheral neuropathic disorders;• Rheumatoid arthritis;• Children under 6 years (for the lack of adequate cooperation).
What are the risks after the otoplasty procedure?