Otoplasty, also known as cosmetic ear correction surgery, improves the appearance of your ears. It reshapes part of the thick tissue in your ears known as cartilage. By changing the size, shape, or position of your ears, it gives you a more balanced appearance. Shown below are otoplasty before and after photos of actual patients of Dr Anh at her clinic in Perth.
Causes of ear deformities
Several factors can lead to a broad range of ear deformities, including:
- Accident or trauma
- Family history
- Insufficient blood supply to the ears
- Long-term exposure to toxins or medications
- Viral infections
Ideal candidates for the procedure
To achieve optimal results and prevent complications, we will assess your general health. This allows us to create a customised treatment plan based on your needs. In general, we recommend ear surgery for patients who have:
- Ear deformities
- Good physical and mental health
- Realistic expectations
- Stable ear cartilage
How the procedure is performed
During the procedure, you will receive general or local anaesthesia. Your surgeon will first clean your ears with an antiseptic solution. This helps kill bacteria and other microorganisms. Once the anaesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will create incisions in your ear. Through these incisions, your surgeon will reshape your ear cartilage. This can be performed by shaving, bending, or removing a part of the cartilage. Once the desired ear appearance is achieved, your surgeon will close the incisions. To protect the wound, your surgeon will apply dressing on the area. Depending on the extent of the surgery, the entire process can take 2 hours.
The recovery period
After the procedure, it is normal to experience swelling, bruising, and mild pain in your ears. Taking your prescribed medications will help control these discomforts. To prevent tension on your wounds, you need to avoid sleeping on your side. You will also need to wear a special headband to protect your ears when sleeping. After 1 to 2 weeks, you can resume your normal activities. As your ears heal, you may experience itchiness in the area. This is normal and can be managed by replacing your wound dressings regularly.
For more details, please visit our main otoplasty page, or contact us and schedule your first consultation with Dr Anh.