Otoplasty (Ear Correction Surgery)
What shape, size, surface texturing, incision site and placement site are recommended for me?
Like every plastic surgery, Octoplasty depends on various facial features and varies from person to person. Therefore, it is necessary to consult a surgeon before opting for the surgery so the surgeon might give you a clear answer depending on all the various factors.
How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
There is normally very little pain or bruising involved postoperatively. It takes about a week and a half after the procedure for most of the swelling to subside, although the area will be sensitive for about three weeks. The pressure dressing is removed after five to seven days. Ears will often feel numb for two to three months after the surgery, with sensation returning slowly over that period. This numbness is the reason that there is generally no pain during otoplasty recovery, which makes the operation exceptionally well-tolerated by children.
What are the risks and complications associated with this procedure?
With proper postoperative care, otoplasty is a very safe and satisfying operation that carries little risk. Possible ear surgery complications include reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, blood clot, unfavorable scarring, asymmetry and cosmetic dissatisfaction.
What will be expected of me to get the best results?
- Measures before your octoplasty are taken in order to allow for a safe operation and swift recovery.
- You need to take your medications exactly as instructed and follow all the doctor’s instructions. Certainly, you want to inform your plastic surgeon if you decide to deviate from the plan.
- Patients should discontinue all medications that can increase bleeding and bruising during and after surgery including Aspirin and Aspirin-like products (ibuprofen, naproxen etc.), Vitamin E, blood thinners etc. Bleeding during octoplasty is routinely minimal but even a little oozing afterwards could cause a blood collection under the skin.
- Nutritional supplements may enhance our well-being, their interactions with surgical procedures are poorly understood and we ask our patients to discontinue these supplements before octoplasty.
- We want you to continue most of your prescription medications, especially blood pressure, cardiac and asthma medications. Some medications could interfere with your normal healing (i.e., drugs against rheumatoid arthritis or cancer) and your plastic surgeon will decide together with your other physician(s) how to proceed.
- E very patient will receive various prescriptions for the octoplasty procedure including an antibiotic. The antibiotic treatment is designed to minimize the risk for infections. It starts a few hours before the surgery and continues for 5 days afterwards.
- Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing to promote better healing.