Otoplasty: what it is and frequently asked questions

The otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is an aesthetic surgery whose objective is to modify and correct the shape, position or size of the ears.

The reasons for having this surgery can be varied:

  • When the patient is not happy with the size, shape or position of their ears.
  • Correct a deformity due to a congenital defect.
  • Correct a deformity due to an injury or accident.

The specific technique used in each case may vary depending on the specific problem to be corrected. Among these, the most frequent otoplasty is the one that corrects the prominent or protruding ears.

Who can undergo ear surgery?

This surgery can be performed both in adults of any age, as in children from 4 or 5 years (when the ear is fully formed). In the case of children, the age of these patients is usually between 4 and 15 years.

What is the otoplasty procedure?

The procedure is always performed in the operating room with the necessary conditions and equipment to ensure maximum safety during the procedure. The technique used will vary depending on the specific problem to be corrected, but the necessary incisions are always made so that they are the least visible as possible, either on the back of the ears or on the inner folds. In this way the scars of the surgery will be hidden and will not be visible.

Once the incisions have been made to access, the surgeon will make the necessary corrections: remove excess cartilage and skin, fold the cartilage until it is placed in its correct position and fixing it with internal points, etc…

After the procedure, the surgeon will use additional points to close the incisions.

How long is the surgery? And the postoperative?

The time that surgery usually lasts is between 1 and 2 hours long, although in more complex cases it could last a little longer. It is an outpatient procedure that does not require hospitalization, the patient can usually return home after a few hours of rest after surgery.

Once the surgery is finished, a bandage is placed over the ears during the first few days to help protect them and keep them in their new position. During these first days it is common for the patient to feel some discomfort and mild pain in the ears, which are reduced with analgesics, as the specialist will indicate after surgery.

A few days later, the doctor will remove the bandage and check that everything is fine.

Normally, after about 5 or 7 days the patient can return to his daily routine and/or work.

Type of anesthesia used

The type of anesthesia used depends on the age of the patient: to perform this surgery, local anesthesia is usually used with sedation when the patient is an adult or older child, but in the case where the patient is a small child, it is performed under general anesthesia.

Are the results permanent? When is the final result visible?

Yes. After surgery the results are permanent. In addition, the result of ear surgery or otoplasty is visible immediately. Although a touch-up is rarely necessary, if at any time you are not satisfied with the results, it is possible to perform a touch-up in a subsequent revision surgery.

Otoplasty or ear surgery at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

If you are thinking of having an otoplasty, in the Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Unit at Vithas Xanit International Hospital we have the best specialists, who together with the latest technology and minimally invasive techniques allow us to offer you the best possible results in your ear surgery. Contact us for more information or make an appointment.