Otoplasty - NHT

Medical Procedure of Otoplasty

The ear is one of the factors that play a very important role in defining the facial features. Any problem in the ear’s shape greatly affect the external appearance, which may cause loss of self-confidence.

This procedure is performed when the angle between the ear and the head is wide, which negatively affects the psychological condition of the person. During the operation, this angle is reduced, making the ear closer to the head, leading to satisfaction on appearance.

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Who Can Perform Otoplasty?

The process of otoplasty and it is performed when the angle between the ear and the head is too wide, because in this case the ear looks larger than it is. The natural angle between the ear and the head is 30 degrees, but when the angle is larger than this, the ear is prominent and affects the appearance. The salient ear affects the psychological state of people, especially children. Since the ear structure is completed at the age of seven, children can also perform this procedure. Also among the benefits of this procedure for children is to keep them safe from psychological diseases caused by bullying. But the doctor must agree first before performing it.

Adults can perform the procedure for cosmetic reasons such as:

  • If the ear is inconsistent with the facial features.
  • If the ears are not symmetrical.
  • If the ear is noticeably prominent.
  • If the patient did not get the desired results from an earlier operation of otoplasty.
  • If the patient is older than 5 years.

The patient’s health and psychological state should be suitable to perform the procedure.

There are two techniques to perform otoplasty:

1 – Classical Technique: The cartilage is reached through a small incision behind the ear, and the extra part of skin can be removed or rectified to the inside as planned before the operation. The ear is then fitted with a cosmetic stitch and a simple scar remains.

2 – Scars-Free Technique: In this technique, the ear is reformed and straightened, incision and cosmetic stitches are hidden behind the ear, leaving no visible scar.

In addition to these techniques, the non-surgical otoplasty can be performed by connecting the ear to the head using cosmetic threads.

Ears are examined in detail before the operation, in this stage the doctor will determine which technique to apply, and the final shape of the ear is determined.

There are some things, which the doctor may ask you about such as:

  • Smoking.
  • History of heart diseases.
  • Results of diabetes tests.
  • Blood pressure diseases.
  • Allergies against anesthesia.

These are important things to get the desired results, and for the patient’s health. Also there are some issues you need to discuss with your doctor before the operation such as the skin type, your expectations, the angle between the head and the ear.

Avoid smoking for 3 weeks at least before the operation.

The duration of the procedure is 1-3 hours depending on its size and technique, and it can be done under local anesthesia according to the doctor’s opinion.

Even if the problem is in one ear, the procedure should be on both ears in order to make them identical. Earlobe can also be minimized depending on the doctor’s vision. The main purpose for this procedure is to obtain a natural appearance.

There are two techniques to perform otoplasty:

1 – Classical Technique: The cartilage is reached through a small incision behind the ear, and the extra part of skin can be removed or rectified to the inside as planned before the operation. The ear is then fitted with a cosmetic stitch and a simple scar remains.

2 – Scars-Free Technique: In this technique, the ear is reformed and straightened, incision and cosmetic stitches are hidden behind the ear, leaving no visible scar.

In addition to these techniques, the non-surgical otoplasty can be performed by connecting the ear to the head using cosmetic threads.

Ears are examined in detail before the operation, in this stage the doctor will determine which technique to apply, and the final shape of the ear is determined.

There are some things, which the doctor may ask you about such as:

  • Smoking.
  • History of heart diseases.
  • Results of diabetes tests.
  • Blood pressure diseases.
  • Allergies against anesthesia.

These are important things to get the desired results, and for the patient’s health. Also there are some issues you need to discuss with your doctor before the operation such as the skin type, your expectations, the angle between the head and the ear.

Avoid smoking for 3 weeks at least before the operation.

The duration of the procedure is 1-3 hours depending on its size and technique, and it can be done under local anesthesia according to the doctor’s opinion.

Even if the problem is in one ear, the procedure should be on both ears in order to make them identical. Earlobe can also be minimized depending on the doctor’s vision. The main purpose for this procedure is to obtain a natural appearance.

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After Otoplasty

Patients can leave the hospital after the operation directly or stay for one night following the doctor’s instructions.

Recovery process is so fast, it takes from 1-2 months. During this period, all the side effects like bruising and swelling will disappear day by day.

You will be able to see the results immediately after the operation, but sometimes the final shape may be delayed due to bruising and swelling.

After going back to normal life, the cosmetic sewing may open 2-3 mm, so the procedure can be repeated depending on the doctor’s vision and patient’s needs.

Your doctor should be aware of any mistake, such as reducing the angle between the head and the ear too much, or making the ears asymmetric. Precautions must be taken seriously to prevent any dangerous case such as infection.

There are also points the patient must pay attention for after the operation:

  • The head band should be worn to hold the ears after the operation, especially during sleep.
  • The operation area should not be damaged during recovery period.
  • It is preferable to sleep on the back or the abdomen so pressure does not occur on ears.
  • Do not use ear accessories for three weeks after the operation such as glasses or earrings.
  • Avoid heavy sports for the prescribed period by your doctor.
  • Use the prescribed medicines by your doctor regularly.

Most Common Questions

People after 5 years can perform this procedure after making sure that the ear structure is complete, which can be decided by doctor.
Prices vary depending on patient’s condition, applied technique and the hospital. You will get the final price after the doctor’s examination.
This procedure can be performed in two methods, classical method and scars-free method.
The anesthesia type is decided according to the doctor’s vision.
You should discuss your expectations with your doctor to know the possible results. Also you should stop smoking for 3 weeks before the operation.
Like any other cosmetic procedure, there might be some risks.
If the doctor applied the classical technique, you can notice a small scar behind the ear.
You should not wear glasses in the first three weeks after the operation.
Yes, results are permanent, except if the cosmetic sewing open.
Ears take their final shape after two months.

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