Otoplasty actually literally means ear aesthetics. It is the process of reshaping the auricle and making it more natural and aesthetic. There are many techniques in otoplasty operations.

Who Can Have Otoplasty Surgery ?

Otoplasty can be done to anyone who is not satisfied with the shape of the ear. Pathologies such as prominent ear size and shape (absence or weakness of antihelix and hypertrophy of the cavum cartilage) that bother patients can be corrected with various otoplasty techniques. 5 years of age is the ideal time, especially for preschool children. The fact that prominent ears are made fun of at school and affects the psychology of the child very negatively and causes loss of self-confidence.

Surgical Technique

Otoplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia in children and under local anesthesia in adults. The average operation time varies between 1-2 hours. With an incision made behind the ear, the shape desired to be given to the ear is made with some suture techniques. According to the situation of the case, if necessary, cartilage excision is made and a natural aesthetic ear is tried to be obtained.

Postoperatively, the incision behind the ear is closed with sutures. Since it is behind the ear, there may be an inconspicuous scar that does not disturb.

Dressing and dressing is done for 2 days after the operation. Head bandage is started from the 3rd day. The bandage is worn continuously at night for the first 1 month, and can be worn during the day with a 2-3 hour break.

Prominent Ear (Otoplasty) Postoperative Recommendations

  • From the 5th day after the operation, it is possible to take a bath easily.However, the back of the ear should be thoroughly dried and never left wet.
  • The ear bandage given after the surgery must be worn at night (so that the ear does not fold while lying down) for the first 1 month.Ear bandage can be removed for 2-3 hours during the day for the first 2 weeks, and for 4-5 hours during the day for the next 2 weeks.
  • The person undergoing surgery should be extremely careful.While turning the head to the right and left, it should protect the ear from trauma and should not lie on the ear.
  • The sutures placed behind the ear in the surgery are dissolvable and there is no need for stitches to be removed.
  • There may be a slight tingling in the ear for the first few days after the surgery.A pain reliever that is used all the time can be taken.
  • There may be swelling in the ear for 3-7 days after the surgery and the ear folds may appear to be slightly blurred.There may be slight leak-like bleeding behind the ear. This is expected and very natural.
  • It may take up to 1 year for the ears to get the final result.
  • Care should be taken not to make any movements that will force the ear for a few weeks after the surgery.
  • Tight clothing that goes over the head and may come into contact with the ear should not be worn.
  • The instructions given by the physician must be followed strictly.
  • In addition, masks, glasses, earrings, etc. for a month.should not be used.