Ear correction surgery, also known as otoplasty, is able to correct defects which were present at birth, or caused by an injury, creating a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face.
Our ears are a distinctive feature of our facial anatomy, and if one or both ears are protruding or appear disproportionate, it can be a source of embarrassment, and even a root of bullying. For many people, correcting even a minor deformity of the ear or ears can have a profound benefit on their appearance, which may also provide a boost to their self-esteem.
Otoplasty is able to treat a range of ear defects including macrotia (a rare condition which causes overly large ears) as well as protruding ears on one or both sides of the head. This surgery can be carried out on both adults and children.
Dr Carmen Munteanu understands the emotional impact ear structure can have on adults and children alike, and provides expert and compassionate care to her patients who wish to undergo this procedure.
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Planning your ear correction surgery
At your pre-operative consultation Dr Carmen will listen carefully to your concerns and desired outcomes, and conduct an examination of your ears. She will then provide you with a recommendation and options which are tailored to your specific circumstances and needs.
For your comfort, ear correction surgery will normally be performed under either a local anaesthetic combined with intravenous sedation, or general anaesthetic. Dr Carmen will recommend the ideal choice for your specific circumstances.
To correct protruding ears, Dr Carmen uses surgical techniques which improve the antihelical fold (inside the rim of the ear) and reduce the enlarged conchal cartilage (the largest and deepest concavity of the external ear). Incisions for ear surgery are generally made on the back surface of the ear, but if the technique chosen requires an incision on the front of the ear, it will be made in the fold.
Internal, non-removable sutures are applied to shape and secure the ear cartilage in place, and the incision will then be closed using external stitches.
The incision technique chosen is tailored to each individual surgery, taking care to not distort other structures, and ensure a natural appearance.
Ear correction surgery aftercare
Following your surgery your head will be bandaged to hold the surgical dressings in place and aid the healing process. This bandaging will remain in place until your first follow-up appointment. It is normal to experience some swelling and bruising following this procedure; it should subside over the subsequent one to two weeks.
Following the removal of the bandages at your follow-up appointment you will be provided with a headband which you will need to wear at night for the next three weeks. Around this time adults should be able to return to work, and children can return to school, though it should be noted that you may still continue to experience some tenderness for a couple of weeks. You will also be able to wash your hair as normal following the removal of the dressing.
Once your bandages have been removed, the results of your surgery will be immediately visible. While it is normal to experience some swelling and bruising, this will dissipate with time; incision lines should also fade.
To ensure you achieve the best results possible, it’s important to ensure you follow the post-surgery instructions you are provided with.
While this surgery is generally able to achieve good results, it should be noted that in some situations it may not be possible to achieve optimal results in a single surgical procedure.
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