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Otoplasty – Ear Surgery

Otoplasty is a facial surgery that corrects visible ear irregularities, either because of their size or shape. It is one of the most common surgeries and in demand in both children and adults.

Candidates for otoplasty are those individuals, children, or adults with loose, asymmetrical or ears which are disproportionate in size to whole head.

Generally this defect is a motive for low self-esteem in school. Often long hairstyles are used to hide the problem.

Process

The otoplasty is absolutely painless, performed under local anesthesia and mild sedation. The duration of the intervention is about 2 hours approximately.

The incision is placed behind the ear, so that after the intervention the ear “sticks to the head” and the scar will not be seen.

A bandage is applied that will be exchanged the next day for a broad elastic hairband.

Postoperative

The next day you should go to the office for treatment, remove the bandage and apply another new, smaller, wider elastic hairband.

After 3 days, more treatment will be performed, allowing the washing of the head. At 8 days it is treated again and some stitches applied. Stitches will not be removed until after 12-15 days.

Once the stitches have been removed, the hair ribbon can be removed during the day, although you will have to sleep with it for about 1 month. There should be minimal physical exertion for about 15 days.

During the week after the intervention it is important to take Prophylaxis antibiotics to prevent the possibility of infection and anti-inflammatories which lessen any possible discomfort.

In almost all cases, the results of the Otoplasty are spectacular. Patients improve the symmetry of their face and there is an improvement in self-confidence.

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