Otoplasty is defined as ear surgery that’s geared toward correcting ear deformities. It also helps to reshape prominent ears and makes the ears appear closer to the head, naturally. Having naturally large ears are a cause for concern and low self-esteem especially for children and teenagers, and women. You can have large eyes, a prominent nose, a wide forehead, or a more than voluptuous pair of lips and can still feel alright. But with large ears, you can’t help but feel like a chimp sometimes.
That’s why otoplasty is usually done before a child enters high school. You can wear earrings, sport a high pony, or a fancy braid without feeling awkward because you have big ears. People with big ears usually have traits that run in the family, it’s something to be proud of, but if you think it just makes you feel not very fabulous, don’t worry, we can help you with that.
How is Otoplasty performed?
It usually takes at least 2 hours and you’ll be put down by general anesthesia. After the surgery, you will be advised to stay for 2-4 hours in the recovery room until the effects of the anesthetic subsides. There are two specific features that are to be seen in a client with prominent ears. First of all, the angle of the ears from the skull is a little bit more obtuse than normal, and the edge of the ears usually don’t have the normally curled or concave shape.
These two prominent features are to be addressed during the surgery. The main goal of the surgery is to deliver a more natural look by remodeling the cartilage of the ears without looking too artificial. Surgery starts on the mastoid bone, just behind the ears so you won’t have to worry about any visible scars. The cartilage is reshaped, excess skin is removed from the rear of the ears, and then the operative cartilages of the flaps are allowed to bend naturally. A head bandage will be worn for several days, but you’ll have a fuss-free, painless recovery afterwards. There is lesser risk for complications with this surgery compared to other surgeries of the head. Expect a little bit of bruising and swelling after the procedure but it will just subside in a matter of days. In just a week, you’ll be able to get back to school or work.