Probably the physical characteristic that most calls out for facial plastic surgery are the outgoing or prominent ears. Children who have always been victims of cruel nicknames like "Dumbo" or "Mickey Mouse", and generally do not tell their parents, are the most appropriate candidates for an otoplasty when it has alterations in the ears. This surgery can be done Any time once the ears have completed their growth, usually after the age of five. Even in cases where the ears show a small alteration, this condition can return the shy child and obstruct their adaptation in the school. When one talks about otoplasty, the general recommendation is that once the cartilage has completed its growth, the faster the surgery is done the better.

Adults can also benefit from this procedure, helping you to improve your self-esteem. Often adults choose this surgery together with other facial plastic surgery procedures. It is common for adults with prominent ears to get tired of adjusting their hairstyles and haircuts to cover their ears.

If you are wondering how an otoplasty can improve the way you look, you need to know how an otoplasty is done and what to expect from this surgery. We can show you with the help of the computer as your face will improve by having your ears in the right position.

How to decide to undergo an Otoplasty?

Good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites for this surgery. It is also important to understand the surgery. Otoplasty does not alter your ability to listen. The most important thing about a successful otoplasty is that the ears are in proportion to the size and shape of the face and head.

The choice of facial plastic surgeon is of prime importance. During the consultation, the surgeon should examine the structure of his ears and discuss possibilities to correct problems. If only one ear needs to "stick back", surgery for both ears is likely to be recommended for a better, more natural, symmetrical result.

Once the decision is made to perform an otoplasty, the surgeon will describe the surgical procedure, the indicated technique, the type of anesthesia and the clinic where the procedure will be performed. It will also tell you about the risks, complications and unforeseen procedures and costs. Usually your surgeon will suggest general anesthesia for small patients and local anesthesia and sedation for adults. Under normal conditions, an otoplasty takes approximately 2 hours.

When a parent thinks about an otoplasty it is because he wants the best for his child. A positive attitude towards surgery is an important factor in all facial plastic surgery, but it is especially important if the patient is a child or a teenager. Adult candidates for otoplasty should understand that the cartilage of a fully developed ear will not have the same flexibility as that of children.

A consultation with a facial plastic surgeon can help parents decide what is best for their child, not only from a cosmetic point of view, but also psychologically and psychologically. Doing things at the right time is important. Doing the surgery at an early age is desirable for 2 reasons: 1.the cartilage is very malleable, allowing greater ease in its molding, 2. the child will have psychological benefits for this cosmetic surgery.

Recommendations for the days before surgery

It is important that one week before you suspend the following medications that increase bleeding:

  • Aspirin, Vitamin E, Omega 3, Ibuprofen and Anti inflammatory.

The day of surgery

  • Do not eat or drink 8 hours before.
  • Present without enamel on hands and feet.
  • Introduce yourself with comfortable clothes and no valuables.
  • Perform double washing of the hair and face.
  • Remove earrings, piercing or the like.

How is surgery performed?

The surgery begins with an incision behind the ear. The surgeon will remodel the cartilage to obtain the desired result, using sutures to hold it permanently. After cartilage is sculpted to the desired shape, until healing is complete, thus keeping the ear in the corrected position.

What to expect after the surgery?

Soft bandages will be placed on the two ears where they will be removed in two or three days. Most patients have some discomfort usually without pain. If you are accustomed to sleeping on the side your sleep pattern will be altered for a few weeks as it is very important not to place any pressure on the ear area. They should wear soft balaclava over their ears or woolen cap in men 24 hours a day for 1 week and then overnight to sleep for 1 month, the risks of this surgery are minimal should be and be careful with an infection or formation of Bruises, but it is very rare. Once healing is complete it is normal for a thin, pale scar to remain behind the ear. As this scar is behind the ear is not visible. Any abnormality during the healing process should be reported to your surgeon immediately.

Medical insurance generally does not cover surgeries that are performed for purely cosmetic reasons.

It should be noted that the sutures should not be removed as they are reabsorbed by themselves. It is important that you follow the instructions of your surgeon, you should have a careful post-operative follow-up to monitor healing and healing, obviously any situation that seems out of the ordinary should be reported immediately with your surgeon. It is important that you keep a timely follow-up of your post-operative appointments.

You will need a medical prescription from your facial plastic surgeon and the surgeon will recommend the following instructions:

  • To reduce inflammation, apply ice in the first 48 hours in the operated areas in case of bandaging. The ice should be applied without wetting it so that it does not peel off.
  • You should not stay in bed, it is preferable to stand. Walk.
  • The horizontal position increases the inflammation. Sleeping on the first 2 nights.
  • On the next day of the surgery try to have as normal an activity as possible, without strong physical exercises like gymnastics, which you can restart 15 days later progressively.
  • While you have bandage take the shower from the neck down and separately wash the hair back as in the hairdresser or at the hairdresser. If it gets wet it can cause itching and can cause the bandage to peel off.
  • Do not consume raw foods like (sushi, ceviches and carpaccio) the first two weeks.
  • Most of the inflammation disappears in a week. The inflammation disappears in 80% at 30 days and in 100% at 12 months. The bruises and ecchymoses are of very variable duration in each person.