Otoplasty: Cosmetic Ear Surgery
This procedure, known as otoplasty , is usually done in children and adolescents , who often feel and look “strange ” or are ridiculed by others because of their appearance of prominent ears , deployed or peeled , whether by being very separate from the head or by the absence of some skin contours. It is recommended that parents are vigilant about what it means for their children having “large or prominent” ears, aware that there is a solution if you notice that there are complex or distress in relation to this very striking feature.
The surgery is done by addressing the ear from his backside and through it we can relocate the ear and / or modify the alterations of its relief. Otoplasty or ear reshaping is a procedure through which the ear is shaped by modifying the characteristics of skin and cartilage that form the ear. Otoplasty or ear reshaping is a procedure through which the ear is shaped by modifying the characteristics of skin and cartilage that form the ear.
Otoplasty is performed under light neuroleptoanalgesia (sedation) and an infiltration of local anesthesia ( whose effects remain three or four hours). Are rare cases where the General anesthesia is used. The operative time is about 2 hours. The incision is concealed in the retroauricular fold. Detachment of the skin area is made up cartilage helix , resection of the bulge contour tuber Darwin, the antihelix fold is highlighted by transcartilaginosa suture. If excess shell, we prefer to perform partial resection of the temporal oblique muscle to bone mastoid region and position the shell without traction. Intervention ends with a intradermal suture and a bandage.
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Post Operative Period
Usual a short stay in the clinic (2-3 hours) before the patient returns home. The pressure bandage should be until the sutures are removed 10-12 days. Cures are performed at 4, 8 and 12 days. After removing the sutures the patient can lead a normal life but you must lead a band ears to sleep during the first month, in order to avoid bad ears during nighttime sleep.
Complications and Consequences
Complications are rare and are prevented by performing a rigorous surgical technique, always with satisfactory results. Simultaneously thus prevents the occurrence of sequelae. It is common the occurrence of edema that disappears in a few days. Its rare occurrence of hematoma, infection and perichondritis. The sequelae that may appear consist of undercorrection, usually more obvious to the surgeon to the patient, hypertrophic scars and keloids at the incision lines.