EAR SURGERY / OTOPLASTY
Young children born with appearance-impaired deformity like having prominent or so- called bat ears are often ridiculed by their peers which results to low self-esteem, and as they grow up, this social stigma inhibits their productivity and growth as individuals and to the society. Thanks to cosmetic surgery, children and even adults with ear deformities can now lead happy and fruitful lives with the help of this procedure called Otoplasty.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a corrective procedure done primarily for aesthetic reason: to reduce large ears or set prominent ears closer to the head. In medical aspect, two problems usually co-exist in a person with ear deformities: First, there is a conchal excess; Second is the absence of the normal curved concho-scaphoid angle.
Patients who undergo this surgery are mostly children between 4 to 14 years old. By the age of four the ears are almost fully grown, so we recommend the earlier the surgery is done, the less teasing and shame the child will have to endure. Teenagers and mature adults also seek us for this procedure. There are generally no additional risks associated with ear surgery on an older patient.
Ear Surgery is carried out on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Dr. Alonzo will make a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage, then he will sculpt the cartilage and bend it back toward the head. Removable or Non-removable stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape. In some cases, he will remove a larger piece of cartilage to provide a more natural-looking fold when the surgery is complete. It usually takes 2 to 3 hours to complete the operation, although complicated procedures may require longer. The patient’s head will be wrapped in a bulky bandage immediately following surgery to promote the best molding and healing. He or she can go home within a few hours after surgery.
Post surgery recovery
After the surgery, expect temporary throbbing, aching, redness, numbness, and swelling. Dr. Alonzo will prescribe medications for the pain and antibiotics to prevent infection. Swelling and redness will subside gradually within the next few days or weeks. Within a few days, the bandages will be replaced by a lighter head dressing similar to a headband. Dr. Alonzo will give you specific instructions on how to wear it especially at night. Stitches are usually removed in about a week. You can go back to work or school after 5 to 7 days after surgery. But it is advisable not to engage in any activity in which the ear might be bent for a month. Children, on the other hand, must be careful about playground activity.
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