What is Otoplasty
Cosmetic ear surgery or otoplasty is a surgical procedure that is done to change the position, shape, or size of the ears. An otoplasty can be done for cosmetic reasons or to correct deformities caused during an injury or a birth defect. Otoplasty can be done as soon as the ears reach their full size, usually after age 5.
Otoplasty techniques vary based on what kind of correction is needed. The specific technique your plastic surgeon chooses will determine the location of the incisions and the resulting scars. After making incisions, your doctor might remove excess cartilage and skin. He or she will then fold the cartilage into the proper position and secure it with internal stitches. Additional stitches will be used to close the incisions. The procedure typically takes about two hours.
When to consider Otoplasty
A person who has sustained damage to their ears or was born with a congenital anomaly may choose to undergo reconstructive surgery. This is a medical procedure to build up or repair the outer ear. If your ear or ears stick out too far from your head or your ears could be large in proportion to your head. Also, if you’re dissatisfied with a previous ear surgery then you are probably a candidate for otoplasty.
Who is an appropriate candidate?
It’s usually done on children and young teenagers, although adults can also have it done. Ear pinning surgery is not suitable for children younger than 5 because their ears are still growing and developing. Otoplasty surgery can be performed upon a patient under anesthesia – local anesthesia, local anesthesia with sedation, or general anesthesia (usual for children). Additionally, having an underlying condition can increase the risk of complications or affect healing. Smoking can decrease blood flow to the area, slowing the healing process.