The majority of patients that have an otoplasty procedure are children, although teenagers and adults also choose to have this procedure later on in life for ears that conform to standard projection. Although the procedure is quick and relatively straightforward, at the end of the day, it’s still surgery with potential risks and complications. If you’re considering otoplasty surgery to correct your ears, remember the following points:
Age is just a number
The best time for otoplasty surgery is when a child is around the age of five. By then, a child’s ear is almost fully developed. This means that children haven’t started to see the physical asymmetry that results in bullying and teasing; which typically starts to occur in elementary school around grade two and three. If parents miss that small window, their children often want otoplasty surgery in their early to middle teens.
It’s not that painful
An otoplasty surgery is almost always administered under general anaesthesia for children, but some patients have local anaesthesia depending on the severity of their ear deformities. Recovery is not that painful, and painkillers are often prescribed.
There’s no such thing as identical ears
The obvious goal of surgery is to alter the ears so that they look similar to each other in projection and size; the shape will always be slightly different. Otoplasty administered by Dr Zurek at his ear pining clinic Sydney can make your ears more balanced with the rest of your face; restoring your self-confidence.
Recovery takes a couple of months
Not all surgeons have the same approach when it comes to otoplasty recovery, but generally, patients will need to wear bandages over their ears for at least three to five days. Once the bandages are removed, patients will wear a headband for two months. The first month it will need to be worn during the day and night. In the second month, it will need to be worn only at night.
The sutures can come undone
The sutures that surgeons use to pin back the ears are permanent sutures. This means that if the sutures loosen, the ears may go back to their original state. The good news is that revisions are often administered in the surgeon’s clinic under local anaesthesia.
Otoplasty is an art form
Many plastic surgeons choose to specialise in ear anatomy. Although and Nose, Ear and Throat specialist may conduct this procedure and be quite good at it, Otoplasty is really a cosmetic procedure.