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Otoplasty - what is it?

Otoplasty (External Ear Reconstruction) is a surgical operation to correct the shape of the external ear in people with protruding ears or in need of correction of anatomical abnormalities. Most often, these deformities are innate. However, sometimes the auricle is damaged or stretched as a result of an injury or wearing large earrings.

Otoplasty as indication of surgical correction is prescribed for one external ear or for both. The operation does not affect the patient's hearing in any way and is a 100% aesthetic correction.

Contraindications

The patient has diabetes;

Ear infection;

Oncological disease;

Chronic disease in the acute phase;

Blood Clotting Disorders.

 

Preparing for an operation

Preliminary examination of the patient, which includes a general blood test, urine, and electrocardiogram, will make sure that the body is ready for a scheduled operation. Be sure to inform your surgeon about the medications taken at this time. The taking of some of the medicines should be cancelled two weeks before surgery.

 

How is the surgery of the ear performed?

Normally, otoplasty is performed under local anesthesia in the surgery room. An exception might take place when dealing with children. In this case, the use of general anesthesia is possible. The duration of surgical procedure depends on the complexity of the manipulations. Usually it takes about 1 hour.

It is usually not required to stay in the clinic. The patient can go home two hours after the surgery.

Postoperative Care

The bandage after otoplasty is a compressive soft elastic bandage, which the patient wears after the surgery 24/7 during one week. Further, the bandage should be worn only for the night during two weeks. Sutures are removed after 7 days. Physical exercise is possible after 3 weeks.