Ear reshaping, also known as pinnaplasty or otoplasty, is a surgical procedure carried out to correct defects affecting the external ear.
The ear is divided into three parts; external ear, middle ear and inner ear. The external ear is made of folds of skin and cartilage (firm and flexible connective tissue) and consists of the auricle or pinna which is the visible part of the ear, and the external acoustic meatus which is the canal extending from the opening in the external ear to the inside of the ear.
Otoplasty is considered in children over the age of 5 years in order to normalize his/her appearance and in healthy adults for cosmetic reasons. Otoplasty is performed to:
Otoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia for children and local anesthesia for teenagers and adults.
Your surgeon begins the procedure by making a small incision in the groove behind the ear. The cartilage and skin are removed, folded or reshaped based on the requirement, and the cartilage is pinned back using sutures to hold the ear in its corrected position. In some cases, removal of cartilage may not be required and your surgeon may only use sutures to hold the cartilage in its normal position. The procedure is completed by closing the incision behind the ear with sutures.
Otoplasty is generally a safe and successful procedure, but like all operations, there may be risks and complications associated with the procedure. General risks that are common with all surgical procedures include anesthesia related effects, wound infection, bleeding and blood clots, while specific risks of otoplasty include:
The surgery will take approximately 2 hours. You may go home the same day or the next day following otoplasty depending on the technique used and the amount of correction made. You will be given home care instructions by your surgeon to ensure a successful recovery. You may be able to resume normal activities in a week’s time; but complete recovery may take around 6 weeks.
Post procedure concerns would include the following:
Ear surgery provides permanent and immediate results which are visible once the dressing is removed.