Ear surgery refers to a surgical procedure for correcting the deformities and defects of the external ear (pinna) and reconstruction of a deformed ear. The surgeons correct the defect and deformity by creating an external ear. It creates a natural shape while bringing a balance and proportion to the ears and face. The surgery can also correct protruding ears that are bothering you from childhood.
Otoplasty can correct or improve
- Large ears
- Drooping ears
- Protruding ears
- Torn earlobes
- Cupped ear
- Shell ear
The procedure involves the use of anesthesia for sedation. After this, a small incision is made at the rear side of the area, specifically in the fold where it joins the head. While performing this procedure, the ear cartilage is exposed. Cartilage or skin is removed, reduced or reshaped. If your ears are extended out from the head, they can be pinned back and can be brought down to the right size. Permanent stitches are used to fix the cartilage in its new place.
Risks and complications
- Scarring may appear after the surgery that goes with time.
- Blood clotting
- Hematoma infection
- Altered hearing may also occur in the rare case
The internal sutures are permanent in this case, but surgical wounds can be sutured with absorbable or non-absorbable sutures that are removed by the surgeon after they are healed properly. The procedure can be performed either in an hour or may take up to 5 hours. This depends upon the extent of correction. After the surgery, you are recommended to wear a voluminous dressing. You should avoid excessive bandage on the ear as it may cause pain or increase the swelling. After doctors remove the dressing, you need to wear a loose headband while sleeping for 3 to 6 weeks. This is to prevent the corrected ear from being pulled forward.
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