The otoplasty or cosmetic ear surgery is a procedure to reduce the detachment of the ears or for the ears having a birth deformity as well as those that have been affected by a traumatic injury. Otoplasty is frequently requested by adolescents and even children, due to the psychological and social problems associated to this deformity.
Besides the protruding ears or ears “in jug”, other problems may also be solved with surgery. These include the contracted ear and the ear cup. They can also be improved surgically the elongated lobes and the torn lobes. The plastic surgeon is also able to create a new ear when you born without it (microtia) or when you lose it due to a trauma.
If the child is young, the plastic surgeon will recommend to perform the intervention under general anaesthesia. For older children and adults, local anaesthesia is used with or without sedation, so that you are awake during the surgery, but relaxed.
The results of ear surgery can be seen immediately by removing the bandages and they are permanent. Retouching is rarely necessary.
Among all the surgical procedures, otoplasty requires one of the shortest recovery times.
Most adults go back to work within 5 days after surgery; children return to school in about 7 days, provided they are careful with physical activities.
The ear surgery patients experience very few side effects in the postoperative period. Recovery from ear surgery can take up to six weeks; however, adult patients can usually resume their routine activities a few days after the procedure. In general, children require a week off before returning to school.