Otoplasty surgery, also known as ear surgery, is a type of plastic surgery procedure performed in order to correct any defects or deformities of the pinna (also known as the external ear). Ear surgery can also be performed to reconstruct a deformed, absent, or defective external ear as reconstructive surgery. However, to pin back the ears so that they look better is a cosmetic procedure. Ears can be considered "prominent" if they stand out more than 2 centimeters from the side of the head. Prominent ears can be annoying for children, who may be exposed to bullying and teasing. Otoplasty is performed more commonly during childhood but can be performed on patients of any age, as well.
Defects or deformities of the ear can be caused by:
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Potential Risks & Side Effects
Patients can return to work and light activities after one week. In two weeks, the final results will be visible, however small changes may still occur for up to twelve months.
Success Rate: 92%
There is no medical treatment alternative to otoplasty to reposition or reshape the ears. There are home remedies in which practitioners share their experiences about it, but none of them are as permanent and satisfying as otoplasty, whether they are known to be safe or not.
How Does it Work?
When we people look at your face, the first features they will see is your nose, eyes, mouth and ears, right? So, if you are one of those people who isn’t happy about your ears when you look at yourself in the mirror, then you should definitely have Otoplasty.
Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure that involves different techniques to replace, reconstruct or fix the deformed ears or parts of the ears. In some cases, the surgeon may need to remodel the cartilage in the ear to move the ear closer to the head.
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What Does an Otoplasty Surgery Involve?
When Otoplasty is performed on an adult patient, they are given local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, but kids are only given general anesthesia. If you decided to undergo Otoplasty surgery, you should strictly follow the pre-operation instructions which will be given to you by your surgeon.
Depending on the complexity of the surgery, it usually takes 2 hours to complete Otoplasty. If you decide to undergo Otoplasty, we will ensure that you have an amazing trip to Turkey and the whole procedure will be customized in a way that suits your personal preferences, goals as well as the clinic’s best practices. Just to give you an idea of what to expect, here are some of the stages you will go through:
1. Final consultation with the surgeon
When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your Otoplasty specialist surgeon. During this session you are expected to inform the surgeon about your medical record, allergies and if you’re currently taking any medication. Even after telling your surgeon about your medical record, it’s mandatory that you go through some medical tests. Afterwards you will discuss the procedure in detail. If you are on the same page with your surgeon, he/she will make an illustration by drawing some marks on your face as he/she prepares you for the surgery.
2. Taking the anesthesia
When the test results are out and your surgeon is satisfied, you will be then given anaesthesia. Adults are given local anesthesia, whereas children are given general anesthesia.
3. The procedure
Once the anesthesia has gone into effect, your surgeon will begin the procedure by making small incisions behind your ears so as to expose the cartilage tissues. This process varies from one individual to the other as surgeons can use different techniques that are aimed at improving the contour, size, and deformity of the ears. So, when incisions are made on the front of the ear they are carefully hidden in the depths of the ear folds. At the end of the procedure, your surgeon will use dissolvable sutures to reshape and secure the cartilage, and he/she will also use them to close the incisions.
4. Post-Op Instructions
● Usually, they will discharge you from hospital on the day of surgery.
● You will need a friend or a family member to take you home and also he/she needs to stay with you for the first night after the surgery.
● When you arrive at home, you should take a rest with your head elevated on 2-3 pillows.
● It’s best to eat light, soft, and cool diet once you have recovered from the anesthetic.
● You will be hungry after the surgery but, it’s better not to eat too much or too heavy to prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting.
What Should I Expect from an Otoplasty Procedure?
Things You Should Do Before Surgery
Is Otoplasty Painful?
You may feel pain or soreness after the procedure is done. However, your surgeon may prescribe painkillers to relieve this pain and discomfort.
Are Permanent Sutures Used in Otoplasty Toxic to The Body?
Permanent sutures are not toxic to the body. It is generally used safely in many parts of the body, including the abdomen, brain and other areas. They are designed to be left in the body and you will not feel any discomfort when carrying them.
Does Otoplasty Affect Hearing?
Otoplasty does not affect the hearing because the procedure area involves only the outer ear, not the middle or inner ear where hearing takes place.
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