Otoplasty, also known as ear reshaping surgery, is designed to reshape or reposition the ears. The actual procedure varies depending on the specific needs of the patient, but generally, it follows these steps:
Anaesthesia: The procedure begins with the administration of anaesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort during the surgery. This could be local anaesthesia with sedation for adults, while general anaesthesia is often used for children.
Incision: The surgeon makes an incision behind the ear, in the natural crease where the ear meets the head. This location helps to hide any scarring that may occur.
Reshaping/Repositioning: The surgeon then reshapes the cartilage to achieve the desired appearance. This could involve removing cartilage to reduce the size of the ear, folding and stitching the cartilage to pull the ears closer to the head, or a combination of both.
Closure: The incisions are then closed with sutures. In some cases, the surgeon may place temporary drains in the ears to reduce swelling and fluid accumulation.
The Cartilage Technique
The cartilage technique in otoplasty involves manipulating the ear’s cartilage to achieve the desired shape or position. This can be done in several ways:
Cartilage Scoring: This involves making small cuts in the cartilage to allow it to bend and reshape. The cartilage is then secured in its new position with sutures.
Cartilage Sparing: This technique avoids cutting the cartilage. Instead, permanent sutures are used to reshape and reposition the ear.
Cartilage Removal: In some cases, a portion of the cartilage may be removed to achieve the desired result. This is often done in cases where the ears are overly large.
The choice of technique depends on the patient’s specific needs and the surgeon’s expertise.
How will Your Surgeon Prepare You for Otoplasty
Preparation for otoplasty by a surgeon involves these major steps:
Medical Evaluation: This includes a physical examination and a review of your medical history. You may also need to undergo certain lab tests.
Medication Adjustment: You may need to stop taking certain medications or adjust the dosages. This includes over-the-counter drugs and supplements that can increase bleeding.
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Post-Operative Care for Otoplasty
Proper post-operative care is crucial for a smooth recovery and optimal results:
Bandages: After surgery, your ears will be bandaged to provide support and help minimise swelling. It’s important to keep these bandages clean and dry.
Pain Management: You may experience some discomfort after surgery. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication to help manage this.
Activity Restrictions: You’ll need to avoid certain activities that could impact your ears, such as sleeping on your side, wearing glasses, and engaging in strenuous physical activity.
Follow-Up Appointments: You’ll have follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing progress. It’s important to attend these appointments and to contact your surgeon if you notice any signs of complications, such as increased pain, swelling, or discharge from the incisions.
Remember, every patient’s experience with otoplasty is unique. Always follow your surgeon’s specific pre-and post-operative instructions.
Dr. Rajat Gupta
MBBS, MS, DNB(Gen. Surg.),
DNB (Plastic Surgery)
Dr. Rajat Gupta is a board certified plastic surgeon in India with 10 years of experience to back his expertise in the domain of aesthetic surgeries.
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