Aesthetic plastic surgery

Ears

Ear surgery (otoplasty) is usually performed to set prominent ears back closer to the head. Protruding ears is the most frequent deformity of the ear, however there is a huge variety of other ear deformities (“constricted ear”, “cup- ear”, “lop-ear”) that can be corrected by plastic surgery. Ear deformities can be very obvious and lead to a high degree of self- consciousness.
THE PROCEDURE
Ear correction, otoplasty
An incision is made at the back of the ear where a small strip of skin is removed. Special stitches are placed into the cartilage of the ear. By tightening these stitches, the ear is pinned back into a normal position. It should stand away from the head in an angle of approx. 25 – 30 degree .The skin is closed afterwards, the scar is left only at the backside of the ear
At what age is an ear correction performed?
How long does the operation take?
Do I have to stay in hospital, what anaesthetic is used?
When will I be back to normal?
What about dressings and when will it be removed?
What are the potential risks and complications?
 
At what age is an ear correction performed?
Ear corrections can be performed in nearly every age, however the operation should be done before starting school, to avoid unpleasant reactions of classmates.
How long does the operation take?
The procedure takes between 1,5 and 2 hours.
Do I have to stay in hospital, what form of anaesthetics is used?
The surgery is usually performed under local anaesthetics, but if you prefer to be completely asleep, general anaesthetics is possible as well. You don`t have to stay in the clinic, ear corrections are usually outpatient procedures.
When will I be back to normal?
Bruising and most of the swelling will be gone after 1 week.
 
What about dressings and when will it be removed?
You have to wear circular bandage around your head for two days. After that, you have to wear a sports band continuously for two weeks and for an additional two weeks only at night.
What are the potential risks and complications?
You will have:
little bruising and little swelling. Very seldom are complications like bleeding, asymmetry and infection. If somebody pulls your ear within the first weeks after the operation, the ear might stick out again.
Important informations for the time after the operation
• sleep only on your back (that should be slightly raised)
• don`t touch or remove the dressing
• take 3 – 5 days off work
• no sports or heavy physical work for 4 weeks
• try not to smoke for two weeks before and after the operation
• don`t forget to take the drugs prescribed by us (usually an antibiontic and a pain-killer)
• healthy food (vitamines) and Arnica supports the healing process

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