MSome people are born with ears they’re not comfortable with because they’re too big or oddly shaped. There are several congenital defects which can lead to otoplasty as a way of trying to improve your ear.
Since the pinna of the ear is made up of cartilage tissues and the shape of the ear can easily be altered using cosmetic surgery, otoplasty can be a simple and permanent solution for prominent ears that's a relatively complication-free operation because the ear tissues have no major nerve endings or blood vessels.
By altering the quantity and structure of the cartilage tissues of the ear, otoplasty can be used to help with a number of ear deformities suffered by adults who’ve disliked their ears and are finally ready to improve them.
Ear deformities include but not limited to: folded edges, lop ear, microtia, macrotia, protruding ears, uneven/asymmetrical placement or constricted ears.
It’s extremely important that you fill out your paperwork correctly regarding any medications or supplements you take as they might interfere with the smoothness and safety of your surgery. Also, if you’re a smoker, you should stop smoking at least 15 days prior to your procedure.
The incision is made at the back of the patient’s ears, near the part where the ear is attached to the head. The size of the incision depends on the nature of change required and the amount of cartilage to be removed, introduced or folded. The scar will erode away naturally after a few years.
Otoplasty is a relatively risk-free procedure with few complications and a quick recovery time of about one week. Since anesthesia is used during the procedure, some pain will be experienced after it wears off, but it’s mostly mild as it’s caused by any swelling you might experience. If needed, some anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed to reduce the pain.
Post operation, patients are required to keep their dressing intact for a day and after removing the dressing, a protective headband is to be worn for seven days which should only be removed while cleaning. After the first week, it can be worn at night for a month. Cleaning the area can be done with a warm water compression, followed by a wash with prescribed medicine. The warm compression will additionally help relax the cartilage muscles.
After a week of surgery, you can attend work, but you should refrain from physical activities which could damage the tissue as it heals.
Due to the fact it’s only a small incision at the back of the ear, the procedure does not leave huge marks once you have healed and leaves you with a beautiful ear so that you can move on with your life comfortably.