Otoplasty is a surgery that allows the correction of large ears or ears in a flappy, also called winged ears or in abduction. In the case of children there should be extra psychological support for a good final result.
Indications (when we do an otoplasty)
It must be done before the child goes to school to avoid the psychological effects caused by the other children. But it can also and should be done in adults.
How is otoplasty surgery done?
We make an incision on the back of the ear, take off part of the skin and expose the cartilage; The latter is cut or pleated to bend the Auricular Pavilion in order to be more glued to the patient’s head. On occasions you have to remove a portion of the ear shell.
What’s anesthesia like?
Surgical intervention can be performed under local or general anesthesia, at Clínica Luso Española we always do in outpatient clinics and almost all adult patients choose to do under local anesthesia.
As in all surgical interventions there are risks that should be weighed. The most frequent complication is ecchymosis (hematoma), and is still rare. Sometimes it may be necessary to reintervene because the cartilage has memory and may need to be folded again.
Otoplasty is an unpainful surgical intervention. We always give light painkillers. After surgery it is necessary to use a compression band during the first weeks.
Each patient should dialogue with the surgeon to try to understand the real possibilities of surgery and become aware of realistic expectations.
Do I get a scar?
The incisions are made on the back of the ear so they are not visible.
What are the postoperative care?
The patient should use a band for one month and then only at night for two months. Depending on the deformity to correct this time may be reduced.
When can I resume normal activity?
Most patients may return to school or work within five days, but are advised to avoid excessive exercise for three weeks. There may be patients who need a few more days and others may need fewer days.