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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Protruding or asymmetrical ears can cause serious psychological problems for children and adults as well.

Despite the fact that the ears are located on the sides of the face, they have a significant impact on the appearance, as they blend into the overall image with all of the features. Thanks to a small evolutionary endowment, our subconscious is able to see even a small asymmetry on the other person’s ears.

Outer ear malformations are very common.

Ear Surgery is often performed cosmetic procedure, which helps to solve many related problems, such as the reduction of too large earlobes, or correction of protruding ears – with the establishment of appropriate shape and curve. Ear Surgery has natural results that fit harmoniously with the face.

Who Can Benefit From Otoplasty?

Our ears are usually fully grown by 5-6 years of age, so Ear Surgery is recommended then or later. This aesthetic surgery should be performed mostly in childhood.

However, there are some rare ear malformations that should be treated earlier. There is no upper age limit: otoplasty can be performed on demand up to 70 years of age. Earlobes deformed because of an accident or injury, and congenitally protruding or asymmetrical ears can be corrected in adulthood.

The greatest advantage of an early Otoplasty is that we can protect our children from a lot of hassle and mockery – and many psychological problems related to self-confidence, ensuring a happier, more successful future for them.

It is also an important that the ear cartilage is more flexible during childhood, which often leads to more spectacular results with shorter recovery time.

What Happens During An Ear Surgery?

It is an ambulatory intervention under local anesthesia, but but anesthesia is available upon request. Depending on the degree of correction needed, the surgery usually takes 1-1.5 hours.

In case of whole ear correction, a small part of the ear cartilage is removed, and the remaining part is remodeled. Partial ear correction means only remodeling. The incision is hidden on the back of the outer ear. We dissect the skin and the cartilage from both sides, make the incision on the cartilage, and do the approximation suture. The scars are completely hidden in the natural folds, becoming almost invisible after complete recovery.

What Can You Expect After Otoplasty?

Usually, our patients can go home after a few hours. A small amount of edema and bleeding after the procedure is very common, which is totally absorbed in a short time and goes away spontaneously.

To reduce this and make soft tissue encasement more accurate, we use a compression bandage. This should be worn for approx. one week, then a headband is needed for a few weeks to ensure proper healing. During this time, ears must be protected from the cold and blows.

Stitch removal after 10-14 days. The complete scar formation, which keeps the ears in their new form, is due after 6 weeks.

Sleeping in a half-sitting position is recommended for a few days after Otoplasty. Every activity is forbidden on the first week that might lead to congestion in the area of the ear and face. E. g.: physical exertion, sports, any strong heat effect, alcohol and highly spiced, hot meals.

Patients should refrain from strenuous physical activity and sports for 6 weeks! During this period sunbathing and sunbeds are also forbidden.

Make-up can be applied after 10 days to cover the slight discoloration. However, the scar should not be covered!

In order to the most beautiful scarring process we use silicone gel and special ointments.

Possible Complications Of Ear Surgery

Rare: asymmetry, inflammation, postoperative bleeding, keloid scarring, partial skin necrosis, partial cartilage necrosis, changes in skin sensitivity.

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