Surgical correction of the ears, known as otoplasty, is usually performed in the case of protruding ears and involves proper modelling of the cartilages in the pinna (external ear).
If performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon, the procedure rarely causes any complications and bears a minimum risk.
Surgical correction of protruding ears usually takes one and a half hours. If a greater correction is required, the surgery takes a little bit longer. The technique of the procedure depends on the type of changes. First, a surgeon makes a small incision in the skin on the rear surface of the ear and separates the skin to uncover the cartilage. Next, he makes an incision into the exposed cartilage and pulls it backwards. The non-dissolvable stitches applied during the procedure hold the external ear in its new shape. Sometimes, with thicker and heavier cartilage, a surgeon can remove some part of it to achieve a more natural appearance of the antihelix fold.
A different technique, used in the case of tiny and delicate ears, involves a small incision in the skin on the back of an ear, removal of the skin and placement of sutures that pull the cartilage backwards. This way we can change the shape of the cartilage without removing any part of it.
In most cases, the ear correction procedure leaves a slight scar on the rear side of the ear, which becomes invisible over time.
The dressing is removed after seven days, during an appointment at the clinic. The ears might be slightly swollen and reddened; however these symptoms subside after two or three days. Most adults are able to return to work after 7 days from the treatment.
The cartilage of the external ear takes two to six months to regenerate. After this period, it becomes harder, elastic and resistant to deformations.
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