Deformed ears (otoplasty)
Ear reshaping otoplasty for a balanced ear contour
Genetics and trauma can both cause the ears to become deformed. As the most experienced plastic & cosmetic surgeon , Dr. Nirved can fix a wide range of deformities.
Is otoplasty a good idea?
Otoplasty refers to the surgical reshaping of the pinna or outer ear. The aim may be to correct a deformity or to improve appearance.
Reconstructive surgery involves building up the outer ear after an accident or because of a congenital deformity.
Pinning back the ears so that they look better, however, is a cosmetic procedure.
Prominent ears can be bothersome for children, who may be subject to bullying. Ears can be considered prominent if they stand out more than 2 centimeters from the side of the head.
Otoplasty is more common during childhood but can be performed on patients of any age.
What is the procedure for deformed ears (otoplasty) ?
Otoplasty techniques vary based on what kind of correction is needed. The specific technique your plastic surgeon chooses will determine the location of the incisions and the resulting scars.
Your doctor might make incisions:
- On the back of your ears
- Within the inner creases of your ears
After making incisions, your doctor might remove excess cartilage and skin. He or she will then fold the cartilage into the proper position and secure it with internal stitches. Additional stitches will be used to close the incisions.
The procedure typically takes about two hours.
How much time it takes recovery after surgery ?
The individual can return to work within a week of surgery. Regular activity and exercise can restart within 2 weeks.
Patients should avoid activities that could cause trauma or injury to the ears during the recovery period. Physical contact sports, such as judo, rugby, or football should be avoided for at least 3 months. Swimming should be avoided for up to 8 weeks after surgery.
Correction of prominent ears can lead to a boost in self-confidence.
Post-surgical numbness may continue for several weeks, and mild bruising may be present for up to 2 weeks. The ears may feel stiff for several months. Soreness, particularly at night, can last for a few months.
What are Possible complications?
Some complications can arise with this procedure.
- Infection: rarely, an infection of the skin and cartilage of the ear may occur.
- Bleeding: a hematoma or blood clot can form under the skin of the ear.
- Suture complications: this depends on whether the sutures are absorbable, monofilament, or braided.
An otoplasty is normally a safe and successful procedure, with high satisfaction rates.
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