Advice on Otoplasty or Ear Reshaping Surgery

Ears that protrude can be a source of embarrassment

Ear reshaping surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is carried out to reduce the size of the ears, reshape the ears, or reset protruding ears so that they sit closer to the head. Additionally it can be carried out to repair “cauliflower ears”, which can be a problem for men when damage occurs to the outer structure of the ear, usually as a result of full contact sports such as rugby

Otoplasty is a very straightforward procedure and can be performed on both adults and children who feel their lives are being negatively affected by the appearance of their ears. Many people are very self-conscious about their ears, particularly if they stick out rather than sit flat against the side of the head, and ear reshaping surgery can help.

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The shape, size or positioning of the ears can make a huge difference to whether a person has confidence in their appearance. For many years, people have opted for ear reshaping surgery.

Benefits include an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem, a wider choice of hairstyles and a general overall sense of self-worth.

Ear reshaping (otoplasty) is one of the oldest cosmetic procedures – with a history that dates back to the late 19th century and is known for boosting confidence.

Ear reshaping can totally change the overall appearance of the face and the recovery of this procedure is very quick.

The ears of a child are often fully developed at the age of four. There are no further additional risks associated with age. The otoplasty is a procedure that is performed in order to improve the appearance of the ears. The earlier this is done, the better. You will prevent the child from going through ridicule at school and this procedure will benefit their self-esteem.

Your nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection will discuss all of your options, discuss the procedure itself, answer all of your questions and concerns and assist you to make the initial steps toward choosing the most qualified plastic surgeon to suit your individual needs.

Your plastic surgeon will advise you about the surgery, discuss your medical history (when you are to discontinue and/or resume activities like smoking, or taking aspirin or any other medication). They will ensure that you are medically fit for the procedure.

You will be able to present your expectations to your plastic surgeon.

The surgery plan will be made between you and your plastic surgeon, but the final decision whether to have the surgery is always yours and should not be made in a rush. Contact with your nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection is vital through these stages of decision making.

Make a decision when you are satisfied with the information you have received.

The plastic surgeon will visit you in your room and may mark the ears with a surgical pen in preparation for your ear reshaping surgery. Your plastic surgeon will also obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions you may have.

First, tiny incisions are made at the back of the ear in order to reveal the cartilage. Next, your plastic surgeon will reshape the cartilage, bending it towards the head and placing it in its new position. The ear pinning surgery may also require an incision at the back of the ear in order to remove skin.

Finally, the cartilage is stitched back in order to create a new ear shape without having to remove any cartilage. The stitches are used to hold the new ear in place and to close the incisions. These stitches are removed one week after the surgery or in some cases, the stitches may be dissolvable. On some occasions, a few non-dissolving stitches are needed to prevent the cartilage from springing out again.

The pinnaplasty surgery is performed under local or general anaesthesia, depending on the individual’s choice and the plastic surgeon’s recommendation. The whole procedure takes about one to two hours. After the surgery, a large cotton wool dressing is wrapped around the head in order to cover the ears. This headband is designed to keep the ears in their new position and should not be removed for more than a week. This bandage will also prevent swelling and bleeding between the skin and the cartilage.

You will be up and about in a few hours after the surgery. If you want to stay at the hospital until all the effects of general anaesthesia wear off then you can do so. Generally, this surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. Make sure that there is someone to take you home after an otoplasty surgery because you may be unfit to drive after such procedure. You may also take the prescribed painkillers from your surgeon if pain or discomfort persists.

Your head will be wrapped in a bulky bandage in order to promote the best healing. This will be used to support your ears in their new position for the first two weeks.

Your ears and head will throb or ache for the first few days but this can eventually be relieved with medication.

Your bandages will be removed after ten days to two weeks. This will be replaced with a lighter head dressing similar to a head band. This will be worn day and night for the next two weeks.

Your stitches will be removed after a week. If dissolving stitches are used then they will dissolve in about a week too.

The overall recovery time is five days for adults and seven days for children. After this time, you may return to work or school. You must take care of your ears and make sure that they do not bend for about a month.

It is very important that you attend the follow up post-surgery appointments to care for your wound and see your plastic surgeon post-operatively to make sure that you are healing well.

You will have your own personal Profile Perfection nurse counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

Will otoplasty surgery be painful?

The majority of patients do not consider otoplasty surgery to be painful surgery. Any discomfort responds rapidly to oral pain medications.

Will there be scarring after undergoing otoplasty surgery?

Incisions are placed behind the ears. Subsequent scars will be concealed in the natural skin crease. In some cases, especially in ears that need to be reduced in size or are protruding in the middle of the ear, an external incision of the front (outside surface) of the ear will be necessary. Usually these are placed in areas where they will heal in an inconspicuous manner.

What can I do with the scarring?

The scars from an otoplasty are hardly noticeable. This is because the incisions are very small and they are placed behind the ears. However, there are a minority of patients who experience enlarged, red, and itchy scars. Luckily, there are procedures that can address this problem. Among them are moisturizing creams, massages, pressure therapy, and steroid injections. You can ask your cosmetic surgeon for more details on these methods.

How should I deal with asymmetry?

You must understand that all paired organs are uneven. It is likely to be like that even after the surgery. The slight asymmetry is barely noticeable anyway.

How long does the treatment take?

What type of care will I need after treatment?

Will I need pain relief following treatment?

Will I have swelling or bruising and can these be treated?

These are just some of the commonly asked questions but please feel free to ask your nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection for more information…

It is important that your decision to have a cosmetic surgery procedure is considered carefully.

There are also some possible risks, as with all surgical operations, which your plastic surgeon will talk through and explain to you at your consultation, answering any questions you may have. This is your opportunity to discuss your intended surgery so that the plastic surgeon can ascertain your expectations as to what can realistically be achieved.

Initially you should have a detailed consultation at Profile Perfection to discuss the different types of procedure options available to you. Together we can discuss the options of which surgeons are specialised in this type of procedure, organise a consultation with the surgeon.

Once all of your questions and queries have been answered and you are ready to go ahead with the procedure we can start your journey. You will have the highest level of support from beginning to end.

Having a procedure can be very daunting and you may feel that you do not know which procedure will be best for you. Which surgeon should I pick? Who will answer all of my questions when I get worried? What questions should l ask the surgeon?

At Profile Perfection we will support you and your decision, guiding you from the initial consultation all the way through to recovery.

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