What is it for?
- Improves the appearance of the ears, corrects deformities or "floppy ears"
What does it mean?
- Otoplasty encompasses several techniques that allow placing prominent ears closer to the head and recreate the natural folds of cartilage. It can be performed in children, ideally before entry into primary school, in order to prevent other children’s mockery about the problem. However, many teenagers and adults still have the deformity, and maintain indication for surgery
Type of anaesthesia
- General anaesthesia in children, in adults may be performed under local anaesthesia, with or without sedation or general anaesthesia
- The scars are unnoticeable in social life, because they are on the back of the ear groove
- Usually does not require hospitalization
- Able to work after 2-4 days. An elastic band should be used during a 1 month period after surgery to maintain the position of the ears. You can resume physical activity after one month, except contact sports (e.g., martial arts, football), which may require longer periods
Most frequent problems and risks
- In the first days, temporary throbbing, pain, swelling, redness and/or numbness. Less frequent are infection of cartilage, excessive scarring, blood clots that may need to be drained, inadequate ears or artificial appearance or recurrence of the protrusion, which requires repetition of surgery
- The procedure is usually definitive
Otoplasty (correction of "floppy ears")