Otoplasty improves the shape, position, or proportion of the ear. It corrects the condition popularly known as protruding ears.
This condition is caused by the lack of formation of the curved prominence of cartilage, known as antihelix, which can be associated, or not, with other changes in the structure.
Am I a candidate for this procedure?
If either you or your child has ears with the side edge further from the head, you can be a candidate for otoplasty. The ideal age for an otoplasty is 5 years of age or when the ear’s cartilage is fully formed.
A note to parents: it is important to not project on your kid(s) your desire to have the procedure done. It is important to pay close attention to changes in behavior caused by nicknames and pranks imposed by school friends. It is important to preserve the child’s psychological development.
The procedure is done in a hospital setting with the supervision and monitoring of an anesthesiologist. An incision is made on the back of the ear, where the necessary maneuvers are performed to correct the changes of the ear’s structure. Generally, the surgery takes place in the morning and the patient is discharged on the same day or the following day.
The duration of the procedure is 1 hour but it can vary — depending on the complexity of the case.
Ear surgery recovery
Following completion of the procedure, the patient will go home with a bandage in the form of a helmet. It needs to stay on for 24 hours and then replaced with regular bandage after that. Boys will use a tennis player headband and girls, a ballerina headband. This headband must be used for 45 days. The patient has to sleep on their back, avoiding pressure on the ears.
It is important to rest (mildly) and avoid sun exposure for two months or until the bruise subsides.
Follow-up visits should be made as advised by your plastic surgeon.
How long will my results last?
You will see immediate results, but there may be some edema and bruises. The final result can be seen after the fourth month, but that can vary depending on how each person heals.
The combination of dermatological procedures and proper skin care is important to maintain post-surgery results.