Otoplasty & Ear Reshaping FAQs
In regards to medical treatment alternatives, there are none that will achieve the results of Otoplasty, as it is the only procedure that can reposition or reshape the ears. As this procedure works to correct a visual aesthetic preference, many patients undergo it to boost their confidence in their appearance. Talking to a counsellor or psychologist may help to overcome you or your child’s concerns in regards to looks to avoid the procedure.
You will be guided through your recovery by our team with all of the necessary elements explained to you; however, it will be useful to remember the following points;
- Follow all of the recovery instructions given by our team on how to best look after your wounds
- It is essential to ensure that you wear your bandages for one or two weeks, especially at night.
- The soreness and swelling you will likely experience for a few weeks after your procedure is normal and not cause for alarm
- Protect your ears and avoid any trauma in the area, this means no contact sports or any other activities that could put your ears at risk until you have received the all-clear from our team and Dr. Hodgkinson
- If you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain, or any other unusual symptoms, it is crucial that you let us know straight away
As is the case with any surgery, there will be some degree of risk. The most important thing to remember is that Dr. Hodgkinson and his team are expertly trained and well experienced in ensuring that the risks associated with the various procedures are as low as possible which is why our patients have all experienced the best possible recoveries.
In regards to Otoplasty, some of the surgical risks can include;
- Adverse reactions to anaesthesia including an allergic reaction
- Excessive bleeding
- Blood clots that may create cardiovascular complications
- Temporary or permanent numbness
- Cartilage infection
- Haematoma auris, a fibrous overgrowth that can deform the ears
- Necrosis along the wound
The above risks are associated with most surgical procedures, not necessarily just Otoplasty, and have a very low chance of occurrence thanks to the skills and in-depth surgical processes of Dr. Hodgkinson and his team. If you have any further questions or concerns, we are on hand to give you all of the information you need to ensure you feel completely comfortable with your procedure.
You will be required to have a padded bandage around your head for roughly one week, which will help keep your ears in their new position while also protecting them while they heal. Following this time it is advised that a headband or stocking cap be worn whenever possible, but particularly at night for a further week after surgery.
Before and 3 months after Otoplasty
While Otoplasty is not considered to be a painful operation, you may experience some numbness following the procedure. After about one week you should be able to return to work (or school) and may experience some bruising or swelling which will begin to settle down after the first week or two. Along with the cosmetic benefits of Otoplasty, we see many patients who have a boost in confidence thanks to their new and improved look.
Small incisions are made behind the ear in the natural crease, so they are not obvious. Excess skin is then removed with the cartilage sculpted in such a way that the size of the ears is reduced while creating a new positioning closer to the head. Sutures are then placed in the cartilage which keeps them secure in their new position, creating an ear fold that looks very natural.
This process takes around one to one and a half hours with the use of a general anaesthetic.
Bat ears or very protuberant ears usually cause parents concern when the child is attending pre-school or kindergarten. Unkind comments from other children may prompt parents to seek advice from a plastic surgeon. At least 80 per cent of the ears’ growth is complete by the age of six so the operation can be done any time after this.
The ears protrude because of their shape and their projection from the side of the head. Both issues must be dealt with individually in each patient. The procedure to “pin” the ears back is carried out under a general anaesthetic. During the teenage years the procedure can be done under sedation and local anaesthesia only.
Before and After Otoplasty, Ear Reshaping Surgery by Dr Hodgkinson
The procedure is the same as if done when a child except it will be done under a light anaesthetic and sedation. Because an adult’s ears are stiffer than a child’s there may be more initial post-operative pain related to the increased tension on the internal stitches. But the result is the same—a flatter ear and a more attractive overall facial appearance. Some women have an otoplasty at 40 to 50 during their first facelift.
Before and After Ear Reshaping Surgery by Dr Hodgkinson