Frequently Asked Questions about Otoplasty

How is Otoplasty surgery administered?

Otoplasty is administered either in a hospital or day surgery centre under general anaesthetic or twilight sedation and can take up to two to three hours, dependent on the technique used and the severity of the problem.

Generally, a tiny incision will be made by the surgeon just behind the ear, in the natural fold, to expose the ear cartilage. The surgeon will then get rid of the necessary excess skin and cartilage required to achieve the best effect.

What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure used to minimise size, reshape large ears or to pin back prominent ears and reposition them closer to the head. Children with severe prominent ears, see the best results if otoplasty is performed as early as 2 to 5 years old. Timing is vital to consider. Having otoplasty at a young age is beneficial for two reasons: 1. their cartilage is very flexible, thus allowing for greater ease of shaping; and 2, the child will experience psychological benefits from the cosmetic improvement.

What do I need to do to plan Otoplasty surgery?

At your initial consultation at a reputable and well-known clinic like Zurek ear pinning clinic, your doctor will evaluate your condition, discuss your expectations and recommend the most effective technique. If only one ear protrudes, otoplasty may be administered on both ears to achieve better proportion and balance. You should plan your next visit to the hairdresser to be immediately before surgery, as you will need to avoid this type of activity during the healing period.

Can Adults have Otoplasty?

Adults also have otoplasty and have the option to combine the procedure with other cosmetic surgery procedures if they wish. There are no additional risks linked to Otoplasty in adult patients; but, their developed ears will have firmer cartilage thus, doesn’t provide the same moulding as it can in children.

Are there any risks associated with Otoplasty surgery?

Complications are rare and minimal. Although, there are risks associated with otoplasty just like there are with any surgery. In some cases, some patients can develop an infection in the cartilage, which can lead to scar tissue. These infections that can arise in some patients are often treated with antibiotics. In extremely rare cases, corrective surgery may be required.

What is the aftercare like after Otoplasty surgery?

Most individuals are usually up and around within a few hours following surgery. Soft dressings are applied to the ears, and they need to be kept in place for at least three to four days to prompt healing and accurate moulding. Most patients see the results of an otoplasty right after their bandages are removed.

Patients usually experience some mild discomfort, but this can be relieved by medication. Your surgeon should ensure that you have adequate pain medication.

After surgery, the bandages will be replaced with a lighter head dressing. The ears are slightly swollen, but this will soon settle down. Sutures are normally dissolvable but if not they will be taken out a week after surgery. The head dressing needs to be worn at night to protect the ears while sleeping.