Otoplasty 101: A Closer Look at the Basics

Otoplasty 101: A Closer Look at the Basics

Ear surgery, which is better known as otoplasty, can be performed on both adults and children who want to alter the proportions, shape or position of their ears. Basically, if your ears are affecting the way you feel about your appearance, you may want to consider otoplasty.

Why Otoplasty is Performed

There are several reasons why otoplasty might be performed but in most cases, it’s to correct a structural defect that is present from birth but becomes more apparent as the patient gets older.

In other cases, the patient may have injured one or both of their ears, which has led to them looking misshapen. Lastly, many patients who feel like their ears are too large or stick out too far will also consider otoplasty.

What Happens During an Otoplasty Procedure?

There are a few different techniques that can be used to perform ear surgery but this will depend on the condition as well as the desired results of the patient.

Prior to your surgery, you will be given a set of instructions and guidelines that will help you prepare for your procedure.

Otoplasty is almost always performed on an outpatient basis at a surgery centre or clinic because the procedure doesn’t require an overnight stay in a hospital. However, children are generally kept overnight at a hospital so that their pain levels can be monitored following their surgery.

Before your surgery, you will receive anaesthetic after which a small incision will be made behind your ear to reveal the ear cartilage. Your surgeon will then remove any excess cartilage and skin through this incision. The ears will then be pinned back and the incision will be closed using dissolvable sutures.

A bandage will be placed around your head after your procedure to protect your ears and keep them in place after your surgery.

There is also the option of no-incision otoplasty, which is much simpler and just as effective. You can find more details here: https://www.drzurek.com.au/our-procedures/ear-correction-otoplasty/

How Long Does Otoplasty Take?

The technique that will be used during your procedure will determine how long it will take. If you are pairing otoplasty with a second procedure, this will affect the length too. The skills of your plastic surgeon also play a role in the length of your procedure but it generally won’t take longer than an hour.

Recovering from Otoplasty

You will need to give yourself some time to recover from this type of surgery and you will require antibiotics and pain medication during this time. Your doctor will provide you with a headband after your surgery that you will need to sleep with for the first month. You should also refrain from doing any heavy lifting for at least 2 weeks after your procedure.

Your ears will need to be kept dry for the first week and you may need to wait up to 6 weeks for any swelling to subside. However, some patients may be able to see final results sooner than that.