Otoplasty surgery aims to address prominent ears which are shaped normally in addition to correcting developmental abnormalities. The resulting improvement in appearance can significantly influence self-esteem in those who are self-conscious of the appearance of their ears.
The decision to undergo otoplasty surgery is significant and adjustment to change in appearance needs be considered in addition to the process of post-operative recovery.
The aim of such consultation is to ascertain the patient’s, including in some cases parents’, expectations as the surgery is commonly considered in childhood. It aims to identify potential limitations to achieving those expectations such as the shape of the cartilage structure and developmental abnormalities of the ear which may also need to be addressed. Otoplasty surgery is best considered and performed in patients who are over the age of eight and are able to demonstrate the appropriate degree of maturity to comply with the aftercare process. The Surgeon will discuss these issues with you during the consultation.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic administered by Specialist Anaesthetists in an accredited hospital. The incisions are placed on the posterior aspect or back of the ear extending from the top of the ear to above the lobule (earlobe). The Surgeon will discuss the extent and length of the incision (and therefore scars) prior to surgery and technical aspects of shaping the ear cartilage to optimize the contour and projection of the ears.
The wounds are repaired with internal stitches and there may a small number of external skin stitches which are removed seven to ten days after surgery. At the completion of surgery a head bandage is applied which is replaced with a head band one week after surgery and is worn day and night for a further week.
Our doctors will explain the details of your surgery and all of the information about the procedure you have selected.
You will also have an opportunity to review before and after photographs of their patients’ results in their areas of expertise.
Your Surgeon will provide general information on treatments, hospital costs and incidental fees. Pre and post-operative information and a written quote will be provided to you in your consultation.