A simple procedure that can alleviate a lifetime of teasing. Although most people don’t think…
The term Otoplasty is derived from the Greek language and simply refers to any re-shaping or re-modeling of the ear. When most people think of Otoplasty or cosmetic ear surgery they think of ear pinning, a procedure in which ears are flattened to reduce their prominence.
Otoplasty is a relatively minor operation and can be completed quickly and simply with minimal risk of complication. It is also a subtler variant of cosmetic surgery, as it does not involve any radical changes to the structure of the face or body.
Children aged five and above may be suitable candidates for Otoplasty procedures, with many parents opting to take their child to a surgeon before they start school. There are two reasons for this; one medical and one psychological. In medical terms, the ear of a five-year-old child is almost fully grown, with most of the development of the ear’s structure occurring during the first years of life. However, the ear’s cartilage is still soft and malleable, making it easy for a surgeon to get great results.
The second reason is that it can reduce the risk of cruel playground bullying or taunting later in your child’s academic career. This can result in a happier adolescence for your child, better academic grades throughout their teenage years and an enlarged social circle.
However, many adults also opt to have Otoplasty surgery. Otoplasty patients report increased self-confidence and self-esteem, allowing them to perform better in the workplace and enjoy a more enriched and unselfconscious social life.
An ear-pinning procedure is a quick one, and will usually take only one or two hours. First, the patient will receive a general anesthetic to ensure a safe and comfortable procedural experience. Then, the surgeon will make a small incision behind the ear. The surgeon will use the natural crease of the ear’s structure to mask the location of the incision and reduce any visible scarring post-procedure.
By removing excess skin and cartilage, the surgeon can then streamline the ear and reposition it so as to reduce its prominence. Permanent sutures are then used to hold the ear in its new position and to make the re-positioned ear appear as natural as possible.
The procedure is usually completed in a day surgery and is an outpatient procedure, which means you can recover at home after the required checks have been carried out. Such surgery fits nicely into busy lives and is not too time-consuming, leaving you with great results and the minimum of inconvenience.
Dr. Shahidi in Sydney, is one of New South Wales’ practitioners of Otoplasty, and has a strong track record of achieving excellent results in this field. Contact his practice today to discuss how he could help you.
Of course the Otoplasty procedure does not end with the completion of the surgery. Appropriate aftercare measures must be taken to ensure the best results and to reduce the risk of complication or infection.
Initially, a patient will wear a protective headband that keeps the ears in their new position. This will be worn for two to three days after surgery when it will be replaced with a lighter bandage. The patient should continue to wear this covering for a further four to five days, after which it can be removed.
After the bandages have been removed, it is safe for juvenile patients to return to school, although adult patients may opt to return to work several days earlier. It is vital to avoid any contact sports or other activities that could impact or damage the ear as it heals. Protect the ear from any such impacts for at least three months following the procedure.
Always listen to the advice of your surgeon and outpatient team. They may prohibit you from using products like standard hair shampoos for up to a week after the surgery is completed. While this advice might represent an inconvenience for you or your child, it is necessary if you want the best results from the surgery.
You can expect some swelling and discomfort for a week or so after surgery has been performed. To reduce the effects of this, always keep your head elevated to promote blood flow, and try to avoid damaging your newly constructed ears by remembering not to sleep with your head on the side.
There are lots of myths and misconceptions about Otoplasty procedures. In the era of the Internet, it’s easy to find out lots of information on medical procedures, but much of this information is unreliable. We aim to set the record straight and debunk any myths and misconceptions you might have heard.
Otoplasty is a long procedure: Not at all. In fact, Otoplasty is a relatively quick and simple procedure that is completed in a single day. The procedure usually only takes one or two hours.
Otoplasty surgery is painful: It is true that you will experience some discomfort and mild pain in the days following your surgery, but the procedure itself is not painful. Patients undergoing Otoplasty receive a general anesthetic to ensure a completely pain-free and non-traumatic experience.
Otoplasty is only for adults: This is another untruth. Otoplasty surgery can be performed on patients aged five and up, and surgeons often operate on minors. In fact, many surgeons find they can achieve the best results with patients aged around six years old.
Patients must stay in hospital overnight after surgery: No. Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure and patients will be free to leave the surgery after conclusive checks have been made. You can expect to spend the night following your procedure recuperating in the comfort of your own home.
The effects of Otoplasty are instant: Yes and no. While the procedure of Otoplasty will certainly change your ears for the better, once the initial swelling has gone down, you should wait a few weeks before you see the best results. This is particularly true with young children, who will grow into their remodelled ears as their bodies continue to develop.