EARLOBE CORRECTION (OTOPLASTY)
Correcting protruding ears is known as „otoplasty “or ear pinning, it’s a very common operation amongst children and adults alike.
Before deciding to undergo the procedure, it is necessary for the patient to have a personal consultation with the plastic surgeon. Here the surgeon will assess the patient’s earlobe, his or her psychological state, as well as the motivation for the surgical treatment. If, after the consultation, the patient decides to proceed then the doctor will explain the procedure and the after operative care in detail.
Procedure is usually performed in children aged 5 and above, given the child would consent. The primary reason for surgery in children is to protect them from the psychological pressures of the environment. However, the procedure can be performed in any age, there is no upper limit.
The objective is to permanently align the ear lobes to the head or correct their shape. This is an outpatient process, which means that patient goes home after the procedure. The operation is performed under local anaesthetic and takes approx. 1 to 2 hours. A pre operation haircut is not necessary. A crescent cut is made at the back of the ear, the cartilage is reduced, and the earlobe sutured to the head. The post-operative scar is located at the back of the ear is initially pink and hard, after a while it fades, softens and becomes almost invisible.
SUCCESS RATE AND POST OPERATIVE CARE
Patients cooperation in following the clinician’s advice during the aftercare period is an important factor for a successful outcome of surgery. For the first few days after the operation the patient may feel pain, which can be relieved using painkillers.
Post-operative care consists in wearing a fixation bandage on the head all day. The earlobe must be secure and unable to move for three weeks, after that patient will wear a headband during the night. It takes approx. two months for the ear to heal and grow to the desired shape.