Protruding or excessively large ears often are a source of embarrassment for many individuals, men and women of all age. However, The surgical procedure called otoplasty can correct their size, their shape and also repair them after a trauma.
Ear reshaping is usually performed under general anesthesia and requires a hospital stay of 24 hours. The incision is made behind the ears, where the ears meet the face. A portion of the cartilage and shape may be removed or reshaped. The ears can also simply be bent closer to the skull with fine sutures when they are protruding.
The operation is about 1 hour long and a headband has to be worn during the 2 weeks following surgery. Patients have to avoid getting the incision site web during a week. Due to the location of the operating site, bruising and swelling during the recovery are discreet. Small differences can be noticed between the left and right ear, but the result usually becomes regular once the ears are completely healed. It’s not uncommon for only one of the ears to have a defect, it can be treated while preserving the symmetry of the ears.
When will I see the result ?
The bandage has to stay in place after surgery, removing it could cause an infection or alter the final result. The result can be seen after a few weeks, once Dr.Balti gives his approval to remove the bandage.
Does ear surgery carry risks ?
When postoperative instructions are followed, the otoplasty surgery has very low risks of complications. It has a very high satisfaction rate because of its efficiency, safety and short operating time.
What about earlobes repairing ?
This procedure is designed to repair stretched or torn earlobes. In certain cases, the earlobe is torn because of an accidental piercing removal whereas sometimes, it it purposely stretched with the help of a specifically designed piercing. Sutures can be used, in any case, to allow the patient to wear ear rings again.