What Is Cosmetic Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?

Ear Aesthetics; Otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery, is an operation that changes the appearance, size, or location of the ear. Otoplasty treats ears with deformed shapes caused by wounds or corrects a congenital disability in the ear system.

Ear surgery allows surgeons to create an even, natural form for the ears and face. At Clinicera, our cosmetic surgeons are experts in various ear surgery methods and we make sure that you get the best results possible.

Are You a Suitable Candidate for Ear Surgery?

Ear surgery is only possible after the ears have completed their growth, which happens around the age of six. The most common congenital ear anomaly is the prominent ear.

It develops as a result of ear cartilage developmental differences. Both boys and girls are likely to have a prominent ear. Individuals typically begin to complain about this situation after puberty.

Adults and adolescents who are good candidates for ear surgery include:

  • People that are in good health who may not have any life-threatening diseases or medical conditions that could obstruct healing
  • Non-smokers

The following children are good candidates for prominent ear surgery:

  • Healthy children who do not have any life-threatening illnesses or recurring ear infections
  • Children that are older than six
  • Children who are good at following instructions and working cooperatively
  • Children who are old enough to express how they feel about the surgery

Operation Process of Ear Surgery

Otoplasty is a relatively quick operation that takes around one to three hours, depending on the specifics and difficulty of the operation. During the procedure, older children, adolescents, and adults may be given local anaesthesia with a sedative.

Doctors may prefer general anaesthesia in some situations. For younger children having otoplasty, general anaesthesia is generally advised. The surgical procedure used can be determined by the kind of otoplasty you have. In most cases, otoplasty entails making an incision on the back of the ear or inside the folds of your ear.

Manipulation of the ear tissue, such as cartilage or skin removal, can also be involved. Furthermore, some otoplasty procedures may include cartilage folding and forming with permanent stitches or cartilage grafting. The surgeon closes the incisions with sutures at the conclusion of the procedure.

The prominent ear surgery is usually done under local anaesthesia. The surgeons access the ear cartilages by a behind-the-ear incision.

Flattened cartilage is often weakened and reshaped with permanent stitches, and excess cartilage is also removed. The wound is aesthetically sutured with dissolvable stitches. The prominent ear surgery takes around one to one and half hours.

Ear Surgery Post-Surgery Process

With some recovery, patients will return to their normal life the same day as the surgery. After the surgery, the ear is wrapped in a bandage for three days. Swelling and bruising in the ear are common, but they normally go away in 1-2 weeks.

The patients can return to work in 4-7 days after the procedure. Since the ear surgery is done under general or local anaesthesia, the recovery time is short. Please contact your cosmetic surgeon at Clinicera for more information about the process.