What is the best age to have an ear operation?
Surgery to pin back protruding ears may be done as early as age 5 or 6. By this time, the ears have achieved much of their adult size, are almost completely formed and the cartilage is soft and easily moulded, making it possible to get good results. Some people do feel that it may be of emotional benefit to have the Otoplasty surgery done before starting school. This would hopefully reduce name-calling and teasing at school.
How is Ear Surgery done?
Ear surgery incisions are behind the ear where they are easily hidden in the natural crease. Dr. Shahidi will remove excess skin and sculpt the cartilage, reducing the size of the ears and repositioning them closer to the head. Permanent sutures are placed in the cartilage to secure the position and create a natural-looking ear fold. The procedure typically takes one to two hours, under general anaesthetic and it is mainly performed at a day surgery hospital.
What to expect after the Surgery?
After ear surgery a soft padded bandage will be placed around your head to protect your ears and to hold them in place. This is usually removed a week after the procedure and it is advisable to wear a stretchy headband or stocking cap for a week after surgery, particularly at night. Generally, it is not a painful operation but the ear does feel numb from the surgery for some time. Most people would be able to return to work or school within one week. Some bruising and swelling is expected but it tends to go away reasonably quickly in the first week or two. Ear surgery can offer a real emotional boost in addition to its cosmetic benefits. It is almost impossible to get perfectly identical ears on both sides and like most facial cosmetic surgery; the aim is improvement and not perfection.