The ultimate goal of the surgery is to create a symmetrical and natural looking appearance, without leaving any visible sign of the surgery.
An otoplasty procedure might include resizing, reshaping, and repositioning the ears, or a combination of all three.
Otoplasty can be carried out for children over the age of five, so that the ear cartilage is firm enough to allow reshaping. however, surgery at earlier ages carries high risk.
What should I do before ear correction surgery?
There are some general guidelines that should be followed before otoplasty which are as follows:
- Do not use any medications containing Acetylsalicylic acid (such as Aspirin), as they might increase bleeding during and after surgery.
- Get pre-operative examination.
- Make sure that you have not suffered from any viral illness at least three weeks before the surgery. If so, inform your surgeon.
- Wash your hair the day before the operation, and do not wear any make up or earrings on the day of the surgery.
How is ear correction surgery performed?
Ear correction surgery or otoplasty takes between two or three hours. It can be conducted under local or general anaesthesia.
Surgeons remove the skin and reshape cartilage from behind the ears. The incisions are made behind the ears, so that there will be no visible scarring after the surgery.