Otoplasty is the procedure to correct the anomalies in ear cartilage which make them stick out.
The most common reasons for the procedure
- An excessive angle between between the ear and head.
- Excessive concha cartilage size.
Before the procedure
The surgeon will examine the ears carefully to analyse the changes to be made. A pre-surgery assessment is done in line with prescriptions. There is also a meeting with the anaesthesiologist at least 48 hours before the procedure unless only local anaesthesia is being used.
D DAY – 10: No medicines containing aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs can be taken.
Some types of anaesthesia require fasting six hours prior to surgery.
Average duration: between 1 and 1.5 hours
Incisions are made in the natural fold behind the ear. The skin is then lifted to access the cartilage. The cartilage is remodelled to improve its natural contour and reduce ear protrusion. The ears are then covered with elastic bandages wrapped around the head.
After the procedure
Pain is usually moderate. The bandage is removed around the seventh day after the surgery. A compression band must then be worn at night for a week. Swelling and bruising may appear, but doesn’t last.
It takes one to two months to see the final result. This is the time required for the tissue to soften and for the bruising to disappear. The scars will still be a little pink after this time, but they will also fade away.