The plastic Surgeon perform cosmetic ear surgery (also known as otoplasty), to change the shape, size or position of the ears. Most commonly, people have ear surgery to make their ears less protrusive or to create a more natural shape.
What is Ear Correction Surgery or Otoplasty ?
Otoplasty — also known as Cosmetic Ear Surgery — is a procedure to change the shape, position or size of the ears. You might choose to have otoplasty if you're bothered by how far your ears stick out from your head. You might also consider otoplasty if your ear or ears are misshapen due to an injury or birth defect. A defect in the ear structure that is present at birth or that becomes apparent with development can be corrected by otoplasty. This procedure can also treat misshapen ears caused by injury. Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure, generally done using a local anesthetic combined with a mild sedative. After the surgery, you may have some mild discomfort, and your plastic surgeon may prescribe pain medication. You may also be advised to use a headband to hold the ears in place for two weeks after the surgery.
What can Ear Surgery treat?
- Overly large ears – a condition called macrotia
- Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees – not associated with hearing loss
- Adult dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery
What Ear Correction Surgery involves
What happens during Ear Correction Surgery depends on the type of surgery you have. An Otoplasty on an older child or adult can be done under local anaesthetic by either a Plastic Surgeon or an ear, nose and throat surgeon(ENT).
It usually involves:
- making a small cut behind the ear to expose the ear cartilage
- removing small pieces of cartilage if necessary
- putting stitches at the back of the ear to reshape or position it closer to the head
An Otoplasty usually takes 1 to 2 hours. If local anaesthetic is used, you'll be able to go home the same day.
You may need a bandage around your head to help your ears heal in their new position and protect them from infection
If you have a bandage around your head, keep it clean and dry. You will not be able to wash your hair until after the bandage has been removed.
You might need to wear a headband at night for several weeks to protect your ears while you sleep.
The stitches may come to the surface of the skin or make your ear feel tender. Treat any pain with painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
After 7 to 10 days: The bandage (if used) and stitches are removed (unless they're dissolvable stitches).
After 1 to 2 weeks: Most children can return to school.
After 4 to 6 weeks: Swimming should be OK.
Around 12 weeks: Contact sports should be OK.
How much does Ear Surgery cost?
The cost of An Ear Correction Surgery can vary greatly from clinic to clinic and depending on the extent of the procedure. It is important to understand that pricing can vary based on the degree of enhancement required and the details of your surgical plan. Undergoing the procedure (or procedures) in phases can also impact the price. Your quote will include all the anticipated fees and costs associated with your procedure, including Doctor's surgeon fee, hospital costs, anesthesia fees and medication costs.
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