AESTHETIC MEDICINE AND SURGERY
Correction of protruding ears
Otoplasty is a procedure which seeks to correct protruding ears, being sympathetic to the natural folds and location of ears on the head.
It is critical to recreate the natural and even folds of the ear, with no erroneous raised areas and avoiding discontinuity. It is important to understand that the ears are not normally flush against the head and therefore overcorrection of this kind can lead to an unnatural appearance and should be avoided. Protruding ears are a malformation, which may cause considerable psychological distress; this procedure can be used to correct it. However, this procedure does not allow a change in size to the ears. One must be aware that ears are never exactly the same in nature. Therefore, perfect symmetry is an unrealistic expectation.
The sutures used when the surgery is complete are dissolvable. The scar resulting from the surgery runs along the groove behind the ear, so is well hidden.
Otoplasty is usually performed under local anaesthesia with sedation (the anaesthesia is limited to the operation loacality and a tranquilliser is administered). In this case, the patient is discharged in a matter of hours after surgery. For children, otoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia (the patient is asleep), followed by a one-night stay in hospital.
Careful administration of pain-killers during and after the surgery ensures that post-operative pain and discomfort is kept to a minimum.