Otoplasty is a simple surgical procedure that reshapes or reduces the size of the ears, achieving a correct symmetry between them.
It is a surgery that is practiced on people of all ages with a fantastic result. It is one of the few interventions that takes place in children as well as adults.
Ears that are too far apart or detached from the head can bring about psychological affections usually brought on from childhood and caused by the taunts of other boys and girls of the same age.
If you or one of your sons and daughters have had to live with this problem, you may also experience how a simple surgery will make you never hear appeals like blow ears, Dumbo, and other such things. Through otoplasty you can end forever with this problem, and from being a complexed person to becoming a human being satisfied with the appearance of his ears framing his smiling face.
It is advisable to operate from the age of 7, which is when the tissues of the child's ears have reached their final size. Cartilage is already formed and has acquired its highest degree of consistency. However there are cases in which age can be advanced, when the child experiences psychological and social trauma related to this problem.
There are other problems for which Otoplasty is a good choice: for example, those ears in which the top is bent down, or the ears are extremely small, or the ears that present some type of deformity, or those that have the Large lobes, or those that are 'open' at a separate angle from the skull.
An otoplasty usually lasts between 2 and 3 hours and is performed on an outpatient basis, ie, does not require hospitalization.
If the child is small, it is best to perform the procedure under general anesthesia, however, for older children and adults, local anesthesia associated with sedation will be used.
The technique employed will depend on the patient's problem.
Usually a small incision is made in the back of the ear, then the cartilage is remodeled and folded back using internal points to maintain the new shape. The scar is not noticeable since it is behind the ear.
After the surgery, a bandage is placed around the head, during the first two or three days there may be discomfort, usually controllable with the medication that is recommended.
The result of the operation is usually in the great majority of cases, permanent and very satisfactory.