Cosmetic Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
Otoplasty is a type of cosmetic ear surgery that is also commonly referred to as “ear pinning”. Ear surgery can significantly improve the appearance of the ears and can be performed on both children and adults, as long as the ears are fully mature. Aside from the physical benefits of the procedure, otoplasty can also improve overall self-esteem and confidence in patients young and old. Here at The Gotreat group, we offer this surgery for all otoplasty applicants.
The most common reasons for requesting cosmetic ear surgery:
Large and/or prominent Ears
This is by far the most common reason that people seek otoplasty surgery. Large and prominent ears often go hand in hand and can be a source of embarrassment for those who have them. Otoplasty can reduce the size of the ears and pull them in toward the head for a more proportional appearance.
Abnormally Large or Split Earlobes
Earlobes can start out large, or they can become saggy over time, even splitting due to age or years of wearing heavy earrings. A simple surgery can repair, re-size, and re-contour the earlobes for a tighter, more proportional, and normal appearance.
The “lop ear” deformity describes ears that fold over at the top and tilt forward. This deformity does not affect the hearing, but it can be a source of embarrassment. Otoplasty can be used to reshape the ear cartilage and address any other aesthetic problems that may accompany the lop ear deformity.
In most countries, Ear Surgery is usually performed before school age. Prominent ear surgery is performed before school age, with the intent to save the child from being mocked by his/her friends in the school. But this operation can be easily applied to adults, as well.
Candidates for the procedure should have prominent or large ears or another cosmetic deformity that causes embarrassment or self-consciousness. Otoplasty candidates should be in general good health and have realistic expectations for the surgery. There will be a recovery period following the surgery, and patients will need to have the time to concentrate on healing properly.
Cosmetic ear surgery typically takes one to two hours. For adults it can be performed under local or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. However, earlobe repair can generally be performed under local anesthesia and may take less time than a full otoplasty procedure.
The first step in an otoplasty is the incision. Our skilled cosmetic surgeons make these incisions behind the ear in an inconspicuous location so as to prevent unsightly visible scars. Once this incision is made, cartilage will be removed and repositioned to draw the ears closer to the head or reshape them as necessary. The skin will then be tightened to draw over the new contours of the ear before sutures are placed. A head wrap is then put into place to protect the ears.
Sutures disappear spontaneously. Since it is done under local anesthesia, there is no need to stay in hospital. It is recommended to wear a head band worn by tennis players or a hair band as a protection against traumas, for a period of 1 to 2 weeks.
Some discomfort can be expected during recovery, but medication will be prescribed to help control pain during this time. Patients will receive detailed instructions on post-operative care, which should be followed as closely as possible. Strenuous activity, including exercise and heavy lifting, will need to be postponed until instructed that it is safe.