Otoplasty involves the removing a sliver of skin from behind the ears and reshaping and repositioning the ear cartilage. The incision is concealed in the natural crease behind the ear.
You will need to wear bandages around your ears for 7 days after which time sutures will be removed.
Anaesthetic: General anaesthetic
Length of Surgery: Approximately 1.5 hours
Hospital Stay: Day case
Some of the reasons for undergoing Otoplasty:
- Lack of self-confidence due to the protruding ears
- Unable to wear particular hairstyle or to have a short hair cut, as it would emphasize the problem.
- Unwelcome comments from friends or work colleagues
Before your surgery
Specific to otoplasty, we advise you to wash your hair the night before your surgery as the bandages will remain on your head continuously for the 7 day period, during this time you will not be able to wash.
Asprin, arnica, St John's Wort, Gingko Biloba and vitamins can increase the risk of bleeding and is not recommended prior to surgery.
Risks of Otoplasty
- Delayed wound healing
- Pressure sores from dressing
Benefits of Otoplasty
- Increase self-confidence
- Wider choice of hairstyle
- Stop unfriendly comments
- More choice in sports and careers
After the surgery you will have a turban-like bandage on your head. This should remain in place for 7 days.
Once the anaesthetic wears off, you will experience some pain and painkillers will be available to you.
You will be advised as to when you will be able to return to work or school, but most people return after a week, once the bandages have been removed.
There may be some residual bruising at this stage, but the scars will be hidden behind the ears.
Once the bandages are removed, we recommend regular hair washes / showers to clean behind the ear - avoiding rubbing, as the ear will remain tender for a while.
We recommend you wear a headband to protect the ears whilst sleeping for 6 weeks.
No washing of hair for the first week while the bandages are still in place.