Ear correction or otoplasty is a cosmetic surgical method by which we change the position, shape, and appearance of the ears. Most of the patients decide to have the mentioned procedure because of "clammy" ears, which often causes a lack of self-confidence and discomfort in patients. Ear correction is an ideal method without much risk that can solve the mentioned problems. The aforementioned procedure can be performed at any age, while it is most often performed in children after the age of 6. The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia and usually lasts about an hour. The scar from the operation is minimally visible due to the positioning of the incision at the natural junction of the skin of the ear and the head.
Description of the procedureEar correction or otoplasty belongs to the aesthetic surgical procedures that can be used to correct problems with the ears. The procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia, the difference between the types of anesthesia can be found here. Depending on the problem, our team of plastic surgeons will make a pre-operative plan. The operation looks like an incision is made on the back of the ear in the cartilage area, which is then remodeled and, if necessary, its excess is removed. Excess skin is resected and the ears are fixed in a specific position. The scar from the operation is minimally visible due to the positioning of the incision at the natural junction of the skin of the ear and the head. Candidates for surgery are:
- Small ears
- Ears that are not symmetrical
- Deformities as a result of injury or congenital deformity
- Ears with large folds
- Large or stretched earlobes
Preparation for the procedureBefore the operation, you will consult with one of our plastic surgeons. During the examination, the doctor will explain the procedure itself and possible complications, as well as the optimal method of correction, depending on your problem and expectations. You will also be introduced to how to behave after the procedure and how to prepare for it.
RecoveryAfter the operation, the surgeon will place a bandage over the ears to ensure proper position and protection. Swelling is expected and the swelling usually subsides within 3 days, it sometimes takes a couple of months for the swelling to completely subside, cold compresses are advised during the said three days. Full recovery and return to daily activities can be expected 10 days after surgery. During recovery, it is advised to avoid:
- Touching ears
- Choosing clothes that can be comfortably put on over the head (like a shirt)
- Sleep on your back or avoid pressure on your ears
The most frequent questions and answers:
- Q: What is the recovery time? A: Full recovery from ear correction takes between 6 and 8 weeks, however, after 2-3 weeks you will notice improvements.
- Q: Are check-ups necessary after surgery? A: Our surgeons will examine and monitor the healing process of the ears. The first examination after the operation is usually 7 days after the operation when the bandage is usually removed.
- Q: When can the child return to school after the procedure? A: It is recommended to wait at least 7 days after surgery before returning to school. For children, it is best to plan operations before the school holidays to ensure a full recovery from the operation.
- Q: In case of pain after surgery, what medicines can I take? A: In case of pain after surgery, standard painkillers can be taken (paracetamol, ibuprofen...)