Cosmetic ear surgery or otoplasty is a procedure of reshaping or resizing the outer ear or pinna. In many cases, people may have deformed ears due to any injury or birth obstruction. The purpose of reconstructive surgery is to cure the irregularity or improve the appearance.
The general size of the ears is approximately 2 centimeters from the head’s side, but more prominent than this can be a cause of trouble and psychological distress. For youngsters, it’s a serious problem that leads to a lack of self-confidence, low self-esteem, and other issues.
This procedure is best performed when the child is between the age of 5 and 6, and 90 percent of the growth process has been completed. A person can undergo this treatment at any age after this period as well. Splinting is a non-surgical technique that can effectively fix this issue if started immediately within 2 to 3 weeks of the birth.
The position of the outer ear is nearly 20 to 31-degree angle to the side of the head. If the angle is slightly bigger than the respective size, it looks ‘sticking out’ or prominent. Around 5% of the world’s population is carrying this issue. Here are a few significant causes that may result in prominent ears:
Like any other major surgery, Otoplasty involves risks, including bleeding, infection, and an unfavorable reaction to anesthesia.
Other dangers related to Otoplasty are as follows:
Scarring. Although scars are permanent, they are usually hidden behind or among the folds of your ears.
Sign & Symptoms for Considering Otoplasty
These are common signs of having prominent ears, and you might consider medical therapy as per the condition.
As per the research, the reconstruction of the outer ear is possible after any congenital deformity. Hence, protruding ears will not affect a person’s hearing sense.
You can discuss otoplasty with our expert plastic surgeon. During your initial consultation, our plastic surgeon will most likely:
Treatment Options at 7DMC
Outpatient surgery for otoplasty is available at 7DMC. Sedation and local anesthetic are used to numb only a portion of your body throughout the surgery. In some situations, general anesthesia (which puts you unconscious) may be administered before your surgery.
Otoplasty procedures differ depending on the type of repair required. The approach used by our plastic surgeon will decide the placement of the incisions and the accompanying scars.
The doctor may make incisions:
Our plastic surgeons will remove extra cartilage and skin after making incisions. The cartilage will then be folded into the correct position and secured with internal stitches. More stitches are used to close the wounds.
The treatment usually takes two hours.
A setback otoplasty is a procedure used to repair prominent ears. It can be done as early as 5 to 6 years old when the ears are nearly entirely developed.
Prominent ears do not improve, and around 30% of kids with prominent ears are born with normal-looking ears, with the condition manifesting itself only in the first three months of life.
Everyone inherits genes from their parents that influence the form, size, and prominence of their ears. It is not unusual to see huge, prominent ears handed down from father to kid.