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Otoplasty is an operation to correct prominent ears that may be affecting self image. This is one of the most common producers and area to correct. The procedure is performed on the ears with little to no complications and outstanding results to improve the shape, size and general visual appearance of the ears.
Am I eligible for otoplasty?
Reasons for getting the surgery are the following:
- If you have ears that are very prominent that stick out and might be affecting your self confidence
- If your ears are malformed in any way or shape
- If one ear is more prominent than the other
- If your earlobe is more prominent than the rest of the ear or the other
Otoplasty is an operation that depends on the individual and not everyone will achieve the same results. Your surgical technique used will be determined by your surgeon and they will choose which technique will obtain the best results for you.
Generally the operation is performed from behind the ear which minimises the chance of any visible scarring on the front of the ear. The ear cartilage is reshaped from behind and is the new shape is held in the position with stitches. These stitches will have to stay in place 5 to 7 days in order to achieve the best results.
Are there any risks?
Otoplasty surgery generally has little to no complications and being one of the most common procurers it is performed regularly with no major problems. Like any surgery you would need to discuss it with your doctor or medical professional to ensure the surgery is right for you, as safety is always the priority.
The following is a list of possible complications are rarely associated with Otoplasty:
- Bleeding. This is generally only happens on the day of surgery and is usually only mild oozing from the edges of the skin and will stop naturally.
- Infection. This is uncommon after Otoplasty surgery but as with any operation, it may occur. Should this happen, antibiotics will be prescribed to treat the infection.
- Asymmetry. Achieving the perfect symmetry of the ears is very difficult to achieve and it is important to keep in mind that slight differences between the two ears may occur.