Changing your ears: Otoplasty

Otoplasty is an operation to change the position of protruding ears caused by a lack of natural creases in the ear cartilage (antihelix) or increased protrusion of one of them (concha).

Candidates

Children over five with problems associated with the position of their years (protruding ears) or disproportionate size, whose parents decide to correct this defect to prevent any future aesthetic or social problems. These conditions can be treated in adults, whenever the patient desires.

Preoperative

On the first visit, the surgeon will take the patient’s clinical history and look at their ears. In the mirror, just by folding or bringing the ears closer to the head, the patient will be able to explain what they want.

Depending on the patient’s needs, concerns and expectations, the surgeon will guide them in choosing the best technique and explain the potential results.

Surgical technique

The surgery is done in an operating room, normally with general anaesthesia when the patient is a child and local anaesthesia for adults.
An otoplasty normally lasts an hour or an hour and a half.
The procedure consists in making an incision hidden behind the back of the ear to get to the cartilage and putting in a few stitches to create a new crease. Another option is to create scratches or incisions in front of the cartilage or ear concha, so when it is weakened the antihelix will fold back. Then, the incision behind the ear is stitched with re-absorbent sutures and covered with a bandage.

Postoperative

For the first 24 hours, the patient will stay at the clinic under observation with the necessary medications.
It is normal for there to be bruising, pain and discomfort.
From the second day, the patient will be checked and sent home with medication and instructions from the specialist. It is very important that the patient not sleep on their ears.
Over the days after the surgery, the patient will be monitored and their bandages changed. After the first week, the bandage will be replaced with a wide hair band or skiing headband and the patient can return to normal life, following instructions from the specialist.
It is very important to make sure their ears stay protected until the swelling goes down, they return to their normal colour and they have consolidated their final position.

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