Otoplasty is the most optimal solution for those who want to change the size of the auricles or get rid of lop-ears.
It is recommended to perform otoplasty in the following cases:
- Non-charak form of the auricles
- Loparness, which is the most common reason people turn to otoplasty
- Congenital absence of auricles or as a result of traumas (performed with the help of silicone prostheses)
- Non-standard earlobe shape
During one operation, there can be performed a process of correction of both pairs of ears.
The operation is contraindicated for children under 7 years old. Lop-ears are best eliminated from an early age, since the ears are the most voluminous parts of our face and getting ridicule and the risk for developing the complex in small children is quite possible.
Reconstructive surgery is one of the most complicated surgical operations that require great responsibility and the experience of a plastic surgeon, who will have to perform quite difficult functions like correcting and restoring the auricles (as well as traumas and birth defects).
Otoplasty is also contra-indicated for those who:
- Presence of serious diseases, limited blood clotting
- Pus in the ears (also inflammatory processes)
- Oncological diseases
- At the period of pregnancy
- In severe stages of diabetes mellitus
At the beginning of the operation, local or general anesthesia is performed, depending on the complexity of the procedure. For children, the operation is performed under general anesthesia. The operation is performed within one or two hours considering the tasks posed by the plastic surgeon.
Basically, during the course of the operation, the ear cartilages on the back of the ears are affected, as this will hide the effects of surgical interventions on surrounding people. Part of the cartilage is pruned giving the ears a certain shape, and touching the cartilage of the auricle then the necessary part is removed to obtain a less deep result.
At the end of the operation, the cosmetic sutures are applied to the area of the operation and the plastic surgeon applies a bandage over the area, which should not be removed for about 7 days.