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Otoplasty

Ear correction surgery, or otoplasty, is usually done to move prominent ears closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears.

 

 

Healing time

10-12 weeks

 

Instructions

In most situations, a bandage will have been placed to cover the wound.

You should not remove the dressing because these are holding the external ears in the appropriate position.

Your doctor will probably check the ear the next day .

The bandages should remain in place for one week.

Sutures are usually removed after 7 days

We usually recommend that you wear an elastic band (ear band-it) at night for the next 6 weeks. It is best to wear the band even during the day when it is “socially acceptable”.

We discourage facial tanning for 6 months after surgery.

If you must be in the sun you should use a number 15 or greater sun block. You may use your usual make-up anytime after surgery. Do not wear earrings or glasses (if possible) for 3 weeks.

 

Risks and Possible Complications

All surgery carries some degree of risk.

Some of the possible complications of Otoplasty include:

  • Infection of the skin or of the cartilage (chondritis) of the ear.
  • Bleeding or hematoma formation.
  • A cosmetic or functional result that does not meet your expectations. An unfavorable result may occur at any time following surgery, and includes inadequate correction, recurrence, contour distortions, or asymmetric correction, all of which may require secondary surgery.
  • Permanent or temporary numbness of the skin of the ear or face.
  • Scar or keloid formation, which is an overgrowth of scar tissue.
  • Prolonged pain, impaired healing, and the need for hospitalization.
  • Narrowing of the external ear canal.

This is not a complete list.

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