An otoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to reshape the ear. The procedure is also known as pinnaplasty and is mainly used to correct prominent ears. The surgery must be performed by an experienced and fully qualified ENT surgeon or consultant plastic surgeon.
During the pinnaplasty, the surgeon has to administer a local or general anaesthetic to the patient to prevent pain. The doctor may fold, remove or reshape your ear cartilage and then use stitches to hold your ear. The doctor also makes incisions behind the ear to conceal the scars made during the operation. After completing the procedure, the surgeon closes the incisions behind the ear using sutures. Pinnaplasty is usually performed on both ears. However, sometimes it is performed on one ear, and the whole procedure takes about 1 to 2 hours.
The Benefits of Otoplasty Surgeries
Ear correction helps you change how your ears appear. Once you get the desired shape and look, you will feel more comfortable. You will also not suffer the embarrassment or too much attention caused by irregular shaped or protruding ears. The procedure aims to give your ears a more natural, symmetrical and proportionate look. Hence, making your ears look normal.
How Much Does an Otoplasty Cost?
Advancement in technology and medical knowledge has made many procedures easy and affordable. Performing a pinnaplasty is generally accessible, but the cost depends on what the patient needs. Patients can discuss with their surgeons and let them know what they need. The surgeon can then offer an affordable package price. The cost might also vary depending on the region or hospital rates.
Recovery and Aftercare Procedure
Your pinnaplasty may be conducted as a day case operation, or you may need to spend a one-night in the hospital. For proper recovery, your doctor will put a dressing to cover your ears after the surgery. The doctor will then advise you on the amount of time you will need to stay with the dressing. At times, you might need to wear lighter and smaller headband to your ears after removing the dressing.
At first, you might experience some pain, but this can be relieved with prescribed painkillers. You may need to take the painkillers on a regular basis for the initial few days. Some swelling and bruising might also appear around the operated area, but that will fade over time.
It is important to get follow-up appointments with your surgeon to evaluate your progress. This will help your surgeon determine when you can get back to your normal activities. However, before this, you should avoid performing strenuous exercises and swimming for about six weeks following surgery. If you are working, it is advisable to take at least one week off work if possible.
After your bandages have been removed and the swelling reduced, you will see notable improvements to the shape of your new ear.