Ear correction surgery (otoplasty) is a form of plastic surgery intended to give ears a more asymmetrical appearance. This surgery corrects the form of ears that are stick out too much (protruding ears), are too large, or not positioned well. Ear correction surgery is a very effective aesthetic intervention, which recreates natural and harmonious ears. This cosmetic surgery helps people gain more self-confidence and assurance about their body image.
How does the surgery work?
The classic ear correction surgery is very simple and consists of correcting defects in the shape of the ears, their size, or their position by removing the skin behind the ear and correcting the cartilaginous skeleton of the ear. As the incision is applied behind the ears, the scars are therefore very discrete.
In some cases due to wearing heavy earrings, there will be a split in the earlobe. This condition as well can be easily corrected with ear correction surgery.
The surgery is very quick, 15 to 20 minutes for each ear, and is done under local anesthesia (for children under general anesthesia). There will be no need for hospitalization and the patient can leave the clinic right after the surgery. Generally, absorbable threads are used to stitch up the torn earlobe; therefore there is no need for a further session for removing the threads.
The final result
For a few months, there might be a sensation of stiffness on the ears. In addition, the ears may remain red/pink for a few months, which is all natural. It is recommended to avoid direct sun exposure on the eras for a year, to avoid pigmentation. Their final appearance (width, thickness, color) is unpredictable and should not be judged sooner than a whole year.
When can we get this plastic surgery?
Aesthetic ear defects may be existent since birth. Fortunately, this cosmetic surgery can be conducted from a very early age, in some cases as soon as 3 years old. Generally, it is recommended when the ears have had their full growth.