Otoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct prominent or disproportionate ears. Our ears, and how we feel about them, can have a huge impact upon our self-image and, as a consequence, our self-confidence.
A significant percentage of the population are unhappy with how theirs look – either in size, shape or how they sit in relation to the face. Protruding or oversized ears can be a particular problem for a lot of people, who are subjected to a lifetime of unwanted comments and unkind remarks.
Otoplasty is a surgical technique that can correct these issues, to either reduce or reshape the ears, or reset them so that they sit closer to the head. There really is no need to remain unhappy with this aspect of your appearance when Dr Marcellino can perform a straightforward procedure to correct it.
Otoplasty: The procedure
At your initial consultation, Dr Marcellino will listen to what it is you’d like to alter or improve. From there, he will recommend the procedures he can perform to effect the changes you are looking for. Ear reshaping (otoplasty) surgery normally takes between two and three hours to complete and is performed under general anaesthetic. It is most commonly opted for by people who are unhappy with the size or protrusion of their ears and would therefore like them reduced in size, set closer to their head, or both. More subtle cosmetic changes can also be performed by removing the skin and reshaping the cartilage underneath. Each technique involves Dr Marcellino making small, discreet incisions behind and within the ears, ensuring there is little or no visible scarring as a result.
Otoplasty: Before Your Surgery
- If you smoke it is strongly recommend that you stop at least two weeks prior to surgery in order to help healing and reduce the risk of infection. Ideally you should stop 8 weeks beforehand.
- If you take aspirin or any other medication you should make Dr Marcellino aware of this at your consultation as it may need to be discontinued for a short period of time before and after your surgery.
- Dr Marcellino would also recommend, either on the day or the night before your surgery, that you wash your hair. Your head will be bandaged for approximately a week to ten days after the operation, and you won’t be able to wash your hair during this time.
Otoplasty: On the Day of Your Surgery
- Please ensure that you arrive at the hospital in good time ahead of your operation.
- Dr Marcellino will visit you in your room prior to your surgery and may mark your ears in preparation for the procedure.
- A personal nurse will be assigned to you to ensure your care throughout and answer any questions you may have before or after your surgery.
Otoplasty: After Your Surgery
- As with all surgery, there may be some bruising and soreness after the operation. The procedure itself is relatively straightforward, however, and the recovery period is normally fairly short.
- You will be required to wear a bandage for around a week afterwards to protect the ears and stitches from unintentional contact and infection.
- The stitches will be removed around a week after your operation and you will be able to see the results.
- You should avoid sleeping on your side until the wounds are healed in order to avoid placing any pressure on your ears.
- Dr Marcellino may also recommend wearing a sports headband in bed for an additional 7-10 days in order to provide additional protection to the ears.
- A post-operative appointment will be made for you with Dr Marcellino for your wounds to be treated and ensure that you are healing well. It is very important that you attend.
What to Consider
With any cosmetic surgery it is important that you carefully consider your decision and what it is you would like to achieve from your treatment. It is important that those considering surgery have realistic expectations and are in good health. As with all surgical operations, there are some potential risks to consider. Mr Marcellino will discuss these with you at your consultation, addressing any questions or particular concerns you may have. Some thought should also be given to practical considerations such as child care provision during your recovery period.