WHAT IS OTHOPLASTY?
Othoplasty is a plastic surgical correction of the position or shape of the ear. This can address congenital conditions such as partially missing ear (microtia)or protruding ears or later in life traumatic deformations. Here the most common condition is tears to the ear lobe.
AT WHAT AGE SHOULD PROTRUDING EARS BE OPERATED?
Usually at 5-6 years the ears reach full size and can be corrected.
The prominent ears can become a psychological problem once children enter elementary school.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING SURGERY?
Othoplasty can nearly always be performed under local anesthesia. After marking of the new shape a small incision is placed behind the ear. The cartilage is then thinned and bend into the proper shape with permanent sutures. The incision is closed with resorbable sutures and head bandages applied.
WHAT IS THE AFTERCARE?
You will be able to go home the same day. Leaving the head bandage for one week will ensure that the ears stay in the new position. After that light sport activities may be resumed. The new shape is immediatly visible but the final result might take 3 month to show.
As in every operation there is the potential risk for: Bleeding, Infection, Scarring, Bruising. Repositioning, meaning that the ear returns to the previous position is extremely rare.