Many people are born with ears that have a different shape than what is considered normal. The main malformation is known as "protruding ear" where patients have ears positioned very far from the sides of the head and may or may not have cartilaginous contours of a normal ear. Otoplasty is the surgery that leads to the correction of these changes, aiming at forming the anti-helix and reducing the distance between the posterior face of the ear and the scalp, seeking an aesthetic balance of the face. - COMMON QUESTIONS
When is ear plastic surgery indicated?
Otoplasty is indicated to improve the self-confidence of children and adults with ears projected forward. It seeks harmony between facial features and can be performed at any age, especially in children from 6 years old who suffer from the "games" of classmates at pre-school age, avoiding possible psychological trauma, currently known as bulling.
How is the postoperative of plastic surgery of the ears?
The surgery lasts an average of 90 minutes, can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation and the patient can be discharged on the same day of the surgery. It is recommended to use a bandage with a compressive bandage for 30 days for 24 hours and another 30 days to sleep. The stitches are removed after 10 days and the practice of physical activities will be released after the first month.
How is the before and after otoplasty?
After surgery, the ears are no longer the focus of the face, becoming more harmonious with the patient's face. Normally, no one praises the ears, if this region draws attention on the patient's face, it is probably because something is wrong. Surgery restores the self-confidence of people who return to maintaining habits such as pinning hair, in the case of women and using shorter hair, in the case of men.
Does ear plastic surgery (otoplasty) leave a scar?
The answer is yes. Like any surgical procedure, otoplasty leaves a scar, but it is positioned on the back of the ear, making it very discreet and hidden, very difficult to perceive.
When does the final otoplasty result happen?
The definitive result is achieved after 6 months of surgery, when the ear is fully healed and without the swelling inherent in the procedure. However, on the first day of the postpartum period, a substantial improvement in the shape and projection of the ears can be seen.
Can I lose the result of the otoplasty?
It can happen, yes. The explanation is the so-called "memory" of the cartilage that tends to return to the place of origin. That is why it is of fundamental importance to use the compressive bandage to keep the cartilage in its new place for 2 months, which is the time for stronger healing and which maintains the new shape and the result of the surgery.