Otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that addresses prominently shaped ears. This type of surgery is ideal for people who want to set back prominent ears so that their ears sit closer to the side profile of their head. Our ears develop in shape pretty quickly, forming their shape at a noticeably young age of our lives. Therefore, this type of surgery is feasible for children as young as 4. Although our ears will never stop growing in size, their shape is determined and developed early in our lives. Therefore, prominent ears can be fixed for children and adults alike.
Why Should I Consider Ear Surgery?
If you or your child have prominently shaped ears, this type of surgery is ideal for you. Since it is a cosmetic surgery, you will be placed under general anaesthesia for the operation. Therefore, expect some dietary adjustments before the surgery to prepare your body accordingly. If you are considering this operation for your child, always remember to include them in the conversation, as they must be part of making this decision.
What Does Otoplasty Surgery Entail?
Ear surgery reshapes the cartilage of the ears to pull the shape closer to the side profile of the head. The surgeon makes an incision in the back of the ear to gain access to the cartilage. The cartilage is sculpted or folded from this access point. Once the shape is ideal, the incision is stitched back up to hold the fold in place while the ears recover. The stitches also help the ears to adapt to their new shape, ensuring that the cartilage is shaped accordingly. Therefore, you can wave goodbye to prominently shaped ears for good.
What Happens After Otoplasty Surgery?
Your head is wrapped in a bandage following the surgery. This promotes moulding and healing for the ears to better adapt to their closer shape to the side of your head. You can expect some throbbing or aching over the following couple of days after your surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe some medication to deal with any discomfort. We highly recommend that smokers quit smoking for a 2-month period after the surgery, ensuring that your body can deliver more oxygen to your cells during recovery.
Centurion Cosmetic Clinic is your first choice in cosmetic surgical procedures in Gauteng. If you want more info on cosmetic ear surgery, please browse our website for details, or contact us with any enquiries. Take control of your body today with us on your side.