Otoplasty is a procedure whereby prominent ears are repositioned or “in the shoulder” to a location closer to the head, or to decrease the size of the large ears. Otoplasty can be performed after age 4, when the ears are fully formed.
Before the surgery
In the first consultation, the plastic surgeon will evaluate the problem and explain the most appropriate technique. In addition to otoplasty, the torn or elongated lobes can also be repaired.
Otoplasty is performed in the operating room of a clinic or hospital. It can be done under general anesthesia, the patient will be completely asleep for the entire procedure, or with sedation of local anesthesia, and the patient is awake during surgery but relaxed. The surgery lasts about 2 or 3 hours. A small incision is usually made through the back of the ear where the cartilage is exposed and bent with internal points, and a small skin potion is removed. After the surgery is complete, the patient will have bandages placed around their ears.
A few hours after surgery most of the patients are well, although if it has been done under general anesthesia, they will have to stay overnight. The first days the biggest annoyances are because of the bandage placed around. In a few days you change the bandage for a lighter one or a plush you will have to wear for a few weeks.
Normally after a week patients are ready to return to their normal life. They will have to carry a plush a few weeks. During the first month you cannot do activities where you can bend your ears.
The scars are in the back of the ear, an area that is not in view, so the scars are hidden very well.