Otoplasty surgery is performed as a day case procedure and may take one to two hours depending on the nature and complexity of the problem. For adults and older children local anaesthesia is usually sufficient, however young children it is performed under general anaesthesia.
Although ear surgery is a highly individualised procedure, incisions hidden on the back of the ear. After the incisions are made, the cartilage deformity is then identified, and corrected using a combination of permanent sutures and scoring to achieve the desired contours. Sutures are also usually placed to bring the entire ear a little closer to the skull. The skin is then closed and a bulky dressing and headband is applied for about five days.
After your otoplasty surgery
A dressing on the head helps reduce swelling and fluid collecting beneath the skin – it also puts gentle pressure on your ears to maintain the new position. This bulky dressing is removed after one week, then a headband is worn at night for a further six weeks to protect the repair. Most patients report very little pain after this procedure, although there may be a little discomfort or soreness if you bump your ears over the first few weeks.
After about one week following otoplasty, children may return to school and adults are often able to return to work and resume normal daily activities. After the ears have healed completely, there will usually be a faint scar on the back of the ears. However, because of the strategic placement of the incisions in ear surgery, the scars should be virtually unnoticeable and will typically fade with time.
Risks associated with Otoplasty surgery
As with any surgery, it is important that you are fully informed of the potential risks associated with otoplasty surgery. While all care is taken to minimize these complications, they may and do occur despite the best medical care.
It is important that you carefully read and understand the potential risks and they will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner.
Some risks are more likely to occur than others:
Risks associated with surgery
• Poor Scarring
• Bruising / haematoma
• Revision surgery to correct or improve outcome
Specific risks associated with Otoplasty Surgery
• Recurrence of deformity
• Infection of cartilage