Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)

What Is The Most Appropriate Age For Otoplasty?
The most appropriate age for a child is usually at the age of 6, before he/she starts going to school and begins to be teased by the other children (in order to avoid a possible psychological trauma).

Where Are The Incisions After An Otoplasty?
The incisions are made behind the ear and they are inconspicuous.

What Type of Anesthesia is Used for an Otoplasty?
Otoplasty surgery, in adults, is performed under local anesthesia with sedation but in young children is performed under general anesthesia as they can’t cooperate with the surgeon.

How is an Otoplasty Surgery Performed?
With specific tools, we soften the cartilage (without removing any tissue) and then we give to the ear the desired shape with the use of non-absorbable sutures.
The skin’s incisions are closed with absorbable sutures.

How Long Will The Patient Need to Stay in the Hospital After Otoplasty?
When the patient has fully recovered from the effects of the sedation, in about two hours, he/she may go home.

Are Used Any Bandages on the Postoperative Period of Otoplasty?
The patient wears an elastic bandage the first day after surgery and then only in his/her sleep for a month.

 Is Otoplasty a Painful Procedure?
No. There is some sensitivity in the first 24 hours after surgery which is being treated with pain medications that are administered orally. Also, there is a little swelling and a sense of numbness in the first few days (after surgery) that are subsided gradually in several weeks.

When Will The Patient Be Able to Return to Work - Everyday Activities?
After about a few days, adults are able to return to work; children can go back to school in a week. Sports must be avoided for 3-4 months following surgery.