OTOPLASTY (EARS PINNED BACK)

An Otoplasty is a surgical procedure used to correct ears that are not aesthetic. There may be cases where the ears are too prominent in relation to the head or are asymmetrical. may or may not have cartilaginous contours of a normal ear.

Generally this surgery is performed when the patient is 5 to7 years old (before secondary school) when the ear cartilage is well formed and before the child could start to experience psychological problems related to their ears.

Otoplasty is a relatively simple procedure. The scar is positioned at the back of the ear and is virtually invisible.

WHAT ARE THE RESULTS LIKE?

The results are usually very pleasing and can be seen after a week. Final results can normally be seen after six months. It is important to know that slight asymmetry of the ears may occur

There should be little discomfort in the week after the operation when the patient can return to their normal daily activities. For two weeks, it is recommended that the patient take care to keep the incision sites clean, and not to lie on their side.

For a month the patient should sleep with a special headband and not go into the sun or do exercise.

Stitches are removed within the first two weeks. In children this type of surgery is performed under general anesthetic and in adults under sedation. Surgery time for is two hours and the patient will be in hospital for 12 to 24 hours after the operation.