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Ear plasty (otoplasty)

Otoplasty (ears plasty) is an operation that is carried out with the aim of correcting the shape of ear canals, to eliminate congenital (lop-ears, asymmetry of ear canals) or acquired defects.

It is recommended that otoplasty be performed from the age of 6-7 years, that is, at the age when an ear conch is completely formed.

Plasty of ears can be both one-sided and two-sided, depending on indications and anatomical features of ear canals structure.

Otoplasty is an aesthetic correction of ear canals, it does not affect middle and inner ear, nor it affects the quality of a patient’s hearing.

DURATION OF OPERATION:  30-120 minutes
PERIOD OF REHABILITATION AFTER OTOPLASTY:  2-3 weeks

INDICATIONS TO OTOPLASTY

  • Lop-ears.
  • Asymmetry of ear canals.
  • Acquired defects of ear canals.
  • Congenital defects of ear canals.

PRELIMINARY CONSULTING

At the meeting, we will discuss your medical history, especially as regards previous injuries (damages), allergic reactions and previous plastic surgeries, if any.

We will consider in detail all the problems that you are experiencing, which, you think, are undesirable and must be corrected.

After examining ear canals, we will discuss in detail your wishes and on how much, in our opinion, the operation will meet them.

Also you will be informed about all the details of the upcoming otoplasty, its duration, rehabilitation period and possible complications.

PREPARATION FOR OPERATION

  • When preparing for otoplasty, medical examination is mandatory to determine possible contraindications to the operation. And preoperative photographs are also taken. Before the operation, we will thoroughly analyze these images, and we will use them together with the data obtained after the examination to compile an individual operation plan.
  • 14 days before the surgery, you should stop taking aspirin and aspirin-containing medications because they affect normal blood clotting. If you are in doubt about any preparation, carefully read the instructions on the label or consult our clinic. Tell us about all the drugs that you will take before surgery.
  • Also, two weeks before the surgery, it is necessary to give up cigarettes or minimize their number, since nicotine leads to the reduction of blood vessels and can worsen blood circulation in tissues during and after the surgery.
  • 7 days before the operation, it is necessary to exclude from the diet spicy and fatty dishes, as well as to stop drinking alcohol.
  • Do not eat or drink 8 hours before the surgery. For safe anesthesia, your stomach should be completely empty before surgery.
  • On the day of the surgery, wear comfortable, loose clothes that will not need to be removed through the head.

POST-OPERATIONAL PERIOD

  • After discharge from the clinic, you will receive recommendations on the use of painkillers and antibiotics. Strictly follow their instructions.
  • You will come to bandaging and to a surgeon examination with the frequency that will be prescribed by your attending physician, taking into account the specific course of the postoperative period.
  • Sore tendency decreases significantly in the first 7-10 days.
  • During the first 10 days it is necessary to wear a special elastic circular bandage.
  • 14 days do not take aspirin and aspirin-containing medications.
  • Major postoperative changes in the form of edema and hemorrhages disappear within 2-4 weeks.
  • Violation of sensitivity (numbness) in the cut area will gradually disappear within several months.
  • Within 2 weeks you should give up cigarettes, nicotine worsens blood circulation in tissues and as a result increases the rehabilitation period.
  • Do not exercise for 2 weeks after the operation, which requires a lot of physical activity. In order to minimize the chance of the postoperative complication, avoid such actions as low slopes or lifting of weights, and also the position when the head is below the body level.
  • After ear plastic surgery, it is not recommended to fly for 2 weeks on airplanes, and 4 weeks – to visit sauna or swimming pool.
  • Be sure to let us know if after the discharge from hospital discomfort or bleeding increases, also if you shiver and have the temperature above 38 degrees Celsius.
  • During the rehabilitation period, food rich in vitamins and microelements should be included into the diet.

RISKS AND POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS AFTER OTOPLASTY

  • During the postoperative period, development of general surgical complications and corresponding complications of this operation is possible. The risk of the onset of the first (suppuration, bleeding, thrombophlebitis, thromboembolism) is reduced through an appropriate preoperative examination and, if necessary, through medicinal preparation.
  • Complications typical of otoplasty are: persistent decrease or lack of sensitivity in the area of surgical intervention; formation of foci of uneven scarring, deforming an ear.

All of the above-mentioned complications after ear plastic surgery are exceptions that arise periodically despite the leading standards in surgical practice. We have outlined them for the purpose of informing you properly and in no way intimidating.

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