Ear Surgery

Ear Surgery

What is Ear Surgery?

Ear Surgery is medically referred to as Otoplasty and is a corrective surgical procedure that involves improving the proportion, positioning or shape of the ears to balance and harmonize them with the oral facial profile and structure. Patients who opt for ear surgeries are generally those who have congenital anomalies and defects associated with ears or a deformation caused by injury or trauma. Ear Surgery 1
Otoplasty can effectively correct all congenital or trauma defects of the ear, restoring proper balance to the facial profile with a single surgery. These surgeries are aimed at recreating the natural shape of ears and giving proportion to the entire face.
Individuals dissatisfied with slightly larger or protruding ears that cause lack of confidence and low self esteem can also opt for corrective ear surgeries for astounding results.

Some of the most prominent cases in Otoplasty include patients who:

–          Have Macrotia (a conditions that leads to abnormally large and protruding ears) congenitally

–          Have ears lacking proportion on either side, or both, but do not interfere with the ability to hear

–          Have previously undergone ear surgery and are not entirely satisfied with the results


What are the risks and Complications of otoplasty?

There are a number of risks and complications associated with just about every single invasive, surgical procedure performed. These complications can be major or minor, and can either occur before, during or after the completion of the surgery.
Similarly, there are a few risks and complications that are related to ear corrective surgeries. It is important for all surgeons to make their patients aware of all these risks prior to initiating the procedure, and acquire their complete consent before proceeding to surgery. Some of the rare and common complications that patients might experience during or after surgery include:

–          Post Surgical Scarring

–          Excessive or abnormal bleeding, also known as Hematoma

–          Accumulation of fluids within the tissues, also known as seroma

–          Delayed healing of incisions created during surgery

–          Infection at the site of incisions

–          Unintentional damage to blood vessels (arteries, veins and capillaries), and nerves

–          Complications associated with anesthesia administration

–          Altered sensations

–          Sensitivity, swelling or discoloration of the skin after surgery

–          Formation of blood clots

–          Port surgical pain

–          Allergic reaction to material used during and after surgery

–          Irregularities of the contour of skin

–          Loss of symmetry

It is important for all patients to voice all questions and concerns regarding the surgery before it begins, all leading surgeons hold consultation sessions prior to the procedure to address all queries of their patients.

What are the steps involved in Ear Surgery?

Otoplasty only requires a single surgery to achieve the desired results. Practiced all over the world by recognized cosmetic surgeons, ear surgery comprises of the following steps:

Ear Surgery Procedure

  1. Administration of Anesthesia: Anesthesia is administrated before starting the procedure in order to ensure a painless experience for the patient. Ear Surgeries are performed on general anesthesia or complete sedation because they are invasive in nature and the elimination of pain and discomfort is absolutely essential. Based on your medical history, your surgeon will recommend the most suitable drugs and mode of administration for anesthesia.
  2. Creating Suitable Incisions: By creating or increasing a specialized fold within the rim of the ear known as the anti-helical fold, the surgeon can effectively correct large, protruding ears. This surgery also involves the surgical reduction of the conchal cartilage, which is the innermost concavity or part of the external ear. The incisions associated with this surgery are generally created on the posterior aspect of the ears. In cases where the surgeon requires incisions on the anterior aspects, the incisions are made within the fold so as to not make them evident or visible. Once the cartilage reduction and enhancement of the anti-helical fold has been performed, the skin is reoriented for incision closure.
  3. Closing the Incisions: Once the procedure has been completed, the skin is then repositioned for the closure of these incisions. Incision closing is achieved with the help of suitable, absorbable sutures. For anterior incisions, sutures are given within the fold of the ear in an attempt to hide them, or make them less obvious.

What are the results of Ear surgery (Click here to view Before & After Photographs)?

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Once the surgery has been successfully completed, the patients will be able to appreciate the changes once they have regained consciousness. The surgeon will place bandages or dressings on the site of the surgery in order to promote better, faster healing.
The surgeon may also prescribe antibiotics and analgesics to prevent chances of post surgical pain and infection development.
It is critically important to follow all guidelines and instructions given by the surgeon, to be present for all scheduled follow-up visits and to report back to the hospital immediately in case of any complications after surgery.

Recovery from Ear surgery:

Patients might feel slight discomfort in the form of itching or pain underneath the bandages after the surgery, but this can be managed effectively with the help of prescribed analgesics. Ear surgeries at aimed at giving patients a renewed sense of confidence and self-appreciation on a social and personal level.
In cases where patients are not satisfied with the results of their otoplasty, it is possible to perform a revisional surgery to achieve the desired results to ensure complete patient satisfaction.