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Otoplasty Surgery

Otoplasty surgery, also known as ear surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to change the size, shape, or position of the ears. It is commonly used to correct protruding or prominent ears, ear deformities, or asymmetrical ears.


What is Otoplasty Surgery?


Otoplasty, also known as prominent ear surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that changes the shape, position, or size of the ears. The goal of otoplasty is to improve the appearance of the ears and bring them into better proportion with the rest of the face. This procedure can correct a variety of problems such as prominent ears, asymmetrical ears, or misshapen earlobes.

Otoplasty is typically performed under local or general anesthetic and takes about two to three hours to complete. The specific technique used during surgery will depend on the type and severity of the ear deformity being corrected. In some cases, the surgeon simply removes excess skin and reshapes the cartilage to create a more natural appearance. In other cases, more extensive reshaping and repositioning of the ear may be required. The results of otoplasty are usually permanent, although aging and weight changes may cause the ears to change slightly over time.


Who is a Good Candidate for Otoplasty Surgery?


A good candidate for otoplasty surgery is typically someone who is dissatisfied with the appearance of their ears, either due to a congenital deformity or as a result of an injury. Individuals must meet certain criteria to be suitable candidates for otoplasty surgery.


  • Prominent Ears: Prominent ears, or ears that stick out too far from the head, can be a source of self-consciousness and emotional distress, especially in children.
  • Asymmetrical Ears: Ears that are not perfectly symmetrical can be a source of dissatisfaction.
  • Misshapen Earlobes: Earlobes that are stretched, torn, or misshapen can be improved with otoplasty.


Ideal candidates for otoplasty surgery are generally in good overall health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure. Children are typically not considered good candidates for otoplasty until their ears have reached full size, which typically occurs around the age of 5 or 6.

Before undergoing otoplasty, it's important to have a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals, medical history, and any potential risks or complications associated with the procedure.


How is Otoplasty Surgery Performed?


Otoplasty surgery is performed to reshape the ears and the specific technique used is determined by the type of ear deformity. There are some steps that must be followed during the procedure.


  • Anesthesia: Otoplasty is typically performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient's preferences and the extent of the procedure.
  • Incisions: The plastic surgeon make incisions either behind the ear or within the natural folds of the ear to access the cartilage.
  • Cartilage Reshaping: The plastic surgeon will use surgical instruments to reshape the cartilage as needed to create a more natural appearance. In some cases, the surgeon may remove excess cartilage or use sutures to reposition the ear.
  • Closing Incisions: Once the shaping is complete, the incisions will be closed with stitches or surgical tape. A dressing be performed to protect the ears during the healing process.


The procedure takes two to three hours, and most patients can return home on the same day. It's important to follow the plastic surgeon's postoperative instructions carefully to ensure the best possible outcome and minimize the risk of complications.


How Does the Healing Cycle of Otoplasty Surgery Progress?


The recovery cycle of otoplasty surgery, also known as ear surgery, is completed in several stages.


  • Initial Healing Phase: This usually occurs within the first few days after surgery and is characterized by swelling, redness, and discomfort. Pain can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your doctor.
  • Inflammation Phase: During this phase, which occurs within the first week after surgery, the swelling begins to subside and the skin begins to heal. The incisions will start to close and new blood vessels will form, promoting tissue healing.
  • Remodelling Phase: After a few weeks, the tissue in the ear area begins to remould and heal. Mild discomfort and tenderness may be noticeable and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Maturation Phase: This phase typically occurs several months after surgery and marks the final stage of the healing process. The ear will have returned to its final shape and position, and any swelling and redness have subsided.


It is important to follow your doctor's instructions for post-operative care, such as avoiding strenuous activities, keeping the surgical area clean, and wearing any protective head gear or bandages as directed.

It should be borne in mind that the timeline for healing and recovery can vary from person to person and depends on various factors, including the type and extent of the procedure, general health and speed of recovery.

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