Techniques and procedures
Detached or protruding ears can produce low self-esteem and even an inferiority complex in the individual who has this characteristic. From 5-6 years old this intervention can be performed, and it is recommended for children if this aesthetic alteration interferes with their social development and their own identity. The solution is to perform a surgical procedure known as otoplasty.
What does an otoplasty involve?
The objective of otoplasty is to reposition and remodel the ear and earlobe. The separation is corrected and the shape is modified, to achieve a more aesthetic and harmonic conformation with the features of each individual.
There are different surgical techniques depending on the anatomical characteristics of each particular case. Generally, an incision is made in the back of the ear and the cartilage is exposed. The cartilage is then remodeled, sometimes partially dried out, and finally internal stitches are placed to maintain the new ear shape and position. Sometimes it is associated with procedures performed on the ear lobe, to improve its shape, reduce its size or repair the torn lobe.
Dr. Ojeda will be the one who evaluates each case individually, analyzing the anatomical characteristics of the auricle. Only then we will be able to recommend the type of ideal procedure with which we are going to fulfill your desires and expectations, obtaining natural and lasting results.
When is an otoplasty recommended?
It is a surgical procedure that can be performed on men, women and children (over 6 years old) with any of the following characteristics:
Separate, prominent or protruding ears.
Absence or lack of development of folds in the auricle.
Asymmetries in the auricular pavilion.
Alterations in the lobes or torn lobes (lobuloplasty).
At Clínica Ángela Ojeda we always guarantee the greatest security when carrying out all interventions. For that reason in the preoperative consultation we carry out:
All these tests will be evaluated by one of the specialists in Anesthesiology and Resuscitation who are part of the team, who will indicate if your health condition is optimal to carry out the intervention with total safety and guarantees.
How long does the surgery take?
In order to guarantee the safety and well-being of the patient, the interventions are always performed in the hospital, in optimal conditions of hygiene and sterility.
The surgical procedure has an estimated duration of 1-2 hours, depending on the technique. The anesthesia used is local and sedation and is performed on an outpatient basis, after a few hours of admission to the hospital. In children under 8, depending on whether they are more or less restless, it may be necessary to use general anesthesia to ensure their maximum comfort and well-being.
How is the recovery from otoplasty?
The first hours
After the surgery is completed, we will place an elastic bandage around your head that you will have to keep for 24 hours. You may notice some discomfort, easily controllable with the analgesia that we will guide you.
The first days
The next day we will assess you in consultation, and after the first check-up and cure, it will be replaced by a lighter bandage or elastic hair band. This bandage or dressing should be kept on for 1 week 24 hours a day and subsequently to sleep for 3 more weeks, with the aim of avoiding movements to separate the ears in the first phase of maturation of the scars.
All cures and revisions will be carried out by professionals who are part of our medical team. During the first weeks it is normal for the scars to have a pinkish tone, but as the months go by they become imperceptible.
To guarantee the quality of the result, we individualize each post-operative process with personalized indications. Therefore, we consider it essential for a correct recovery and excellent results, to follow the guidelines set by both the doctor and her team.
The first 2-3 days
After 2 - 3 days after the intervention in adults, you will be able to go back to work, as long as it does not require physical effort. The children will be able to return to school from the first week. Non-impact sports may be progressively resumed as from the third week, always with the consent of your surgeon.