OTOPLASTY OR EAR SURGERY
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure aimed to re-locate the protruding ears in order to get them more attached to the head, or to reduce their size. These ears are usually characterized to have a hypertrophic conchal bow, a lack of antihelical fold, or both. The procedure is aimed at improving these anomalies to get a more harmonious ear pavilion.
It is usually performed in children between 4 and 14 years old, and in adults without any risk associated to the age. The intervention lasts from 1 to 2 hours.
It usually does not require hospitalization, because it is performed under local anesthesia and sedation. In young children it is recommended the use of general anesthesia.
For one month, the patient must sleep with a tape that will maintain the shape of the new ear. In 10 days, the stitches will be removed. After 5-7 days you will be able to return to work or school, taking care of physical activities. The full recovery is achieved after 3 months.
Although infrequent and minor, surgery-related complications may occur such as infections, anesthesia reactions, asymmetries, recurrence of the deformity, etc. In case of prominent ears, otoplasty offers almost immediate results; nevertheless, and in case of atrial reconstruction the results will appear after a little more time.