Otoplasty/ Prominent Ear Correction/Ear Reshaping/ Ear Pinning/ Ear Cosmetic Surgery
Generally, the surgeon will make a small incision at the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. It will then be sculpted and bent back towards the head. Sometimes permanent sutures are put in to hold the new position. Occasionally, a larger piece of cartilage is removed to attain a more natural-looking fold after surgery. While there are other techniques wherein stitches are used to fold the cartilage back on itself and the cartilage is not removed. In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar at the back of the ear that will fade with time. Even when only one ear appears to protrude, surgery is usually performed on both ears to create a more even look. The operated ears will be wrapped with elastic bandages to maintain the position and to facilitate fast healing.
Ear surgery is an outpatient procedure. Hospital admission is not necessary. The operation will only take one to two hours and can be done during local anaesthesia.
Pre Operative Care
Surgeons advised that patients to do the following prior to the ear pinning surgery to avoid post operation bleeding or any complications:
• Inform the surgeon of any allergies, all medical conditions, and any medication that currently taking (both prescription and non-prescription).
• Avoid aspirin and blood thinning medication such as brufen for two weeks to eliminate the chance of post operation bleeding.
• Avoid smoking for two weeks prior to surgery as this may affect your reaction to the anaesthetic and prolong the healing process.
• Inform the surgeon if suffering from hypertension.
If the surgery is for your child, you should listen carefully to their wishes and feelings. You should not insist on surgery until they decide themselves that they would like to make a change. This will ensure that they are more comfortable going into surgery and happier with the results achieved.
Post Operative Care
After ear prominent correction surgery, patients should expect the following:
• Post Op Dressings. Following surgery, your head will be wrapped in bandages to maintain the position and facilitate healing. After a few days, the bandages will be replaced by a lighter head dressing and eventually a headband. Clients are advised to wear the dressings at all times, especially at night when you go to bed.
• Pain. Each individual is different, however, following surgery you may experience some of the following side effects: temporary throbbing, aching and swelling, redness and numbness that may last for few days.
• Stitches. Sutures, if used, will be removed or will dissolve in about 1 week.
• Recovery. For the first few months, patients should avoid any strenuous activities or contact sports. You will be able to return to work or school within 5 to 7 days.
Risks and Complications
Risks are inherent to any surgical procedure. But do not worry, all precautions are taken by Plastic Surgery Phuket’s surgeons to avoid these risks.
Here are the most common and temporary risks of ear cosmetic surgery:
• Blood clot on the ear
• Mismatched or artificial-looking ears or a recurrence of the protrusion (very uncommon)