Ear Correction Otoplasty
Why do you let the "batty ears" become a cause of concern, especially in sensitive childhood? Otoplasty, with an easy and painless way, solves the problem and improves self-confidence!
|Anaesthesia||Local or General anaesthetic|
|Hospital Stay||Day Case|
|Final Result||6 weeks|
The problem of “batty ears” occupies a very small percentage of 2% -3% of the population and its cause is usually hereditary. “Prominent ears” do not usually have a well-formed helix (fold), and sometimes one is more prominent than the other.
In the first few weeks of an infant’s life, the shape of the cartilage can be improved by the application of a specially designed splint. The older the child is, the harder the improvement is. At the age of six months, the cartilage is already so hard that the correction can only be done surgically.
Otoplasty is an operation that corrects the shape of the cartilage in the ear by creating the missing antihelical fold. At the same time, we bring the ear closer to the head.
What is the appropriate age for a child to have this surgery?
It is necessary for the children to be at least 5 years old, so that the cartilage is hard enough to keep the stitches well. It is also necessary for the child to recognize the problem itself and to wish for the intervention. Children work better if they understand the problem and the reasons for the surgery. That is why otoplasty is often done during adolescence.
What kind of anaesthesia is applied?
The procedure is done with a local anesthetic, however small children need to get general anaesthesia.
What care will I need after surgery?
Some small gauzes are placed with a head band to protect the wound and the ears until the sutures are removed, 10 days later. When the dressing is removed, it is good to wear a protective cap during sleep so that the ears do not turn forward. You can wash your hair as soon as the dressings and sutures are removed, and it is important to keep the areas behind the ears clean.
How long will it take to recover?
Ears can be sensitive and painful after surgery, so you need to take some painkillers in the first few days. The incision behind the ear usually heals without any problems, although it can sometimes become red and hard after a few weeks.