FAQs About Otoplasty Or Reshaping Of The Ears

Ear correction surgery is also known as Pinnaplasty or an Otoplasty, and it is a surgical procedure utilised to reshape the ears for individuals who are unhappy with the position, size or appearance of their ears. This surgical procedure is often administered on children, however it is not uncommon for adults to consider the operation at a later date.

Will I need general or local anaesthetic?

The procedure itself can be administered under a local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic depending on each individual case.

How long does the procedure take?

An otoplasty procedure usually takes between 2-3 hours.

Will I have scars?

There should only be minimal scarring if any after ear correction surgery. Experienced surgeons such as; Dr Zurek make sure that incisions are made within the natural lines and creases of the body so that scarring is ordinarily unnoticeable. On occasion when the ear is reshaped or resized, it is possible that a small, thin scar may be noticeable where the cartilage has been reshaped. Your surgeon will discuss what type of scars can form depending on which technique is used.

What can I expect the recovery period to be like?

During the first 24 hours

Patients need to wear a compressive garment around their head. On the off chance that they manage to catch a glimpse of their ears, they may feel or seem larger, but this is only because of swelling from the procedure.

During the first 24 to 72 hours

Even though the compression bandages may eliminated, you will still need to wear a light headband around your ears for at least 1-2 weeks. Most of your swelling will start to diminish. You can bathe or shower from the neck down without any restrictions but keep in mind that you need to avoid washing your hair for a couple of days after surgery.

72 hours to the first Week

Some Otoplasty patients feel good enough to go back to work during the first week, but it all depends on how much swelling is still present.

One to Two Weeks

By this time, the swelling should have dissipated, and most individuals are comfortable enough to go back to work and take part in certain social situations. By the end of the first week, you can shower and wash your hair. Once the two-week mark has been reached, you won’t need to wear the headband all of the time, but you will need to wear it at night for at least two more weeks.