What is otoplasty?
Ear correction or otoplasty is the name given for any surgery to reshape the ear. This operation can be performed from the age of 6 years and upwards.
The most common reason for otoplasty is to correct prominent ears, also known as bat ears or lop ears.
Who needs otoplasty?
Ears that stick out too far are often the focus of ridicule. While these are considered lucky in some cultures, they can be a source of psychological trauma. Children tease each other and can sometimes be extremely cruel. Adults may choose for this operation because they want balances their facial appearance.
Why are some ears prominent? What are bat ears?
There are many reasons for prominent ears
- Commonly, the folds of the ear arent properly formed during development
- There can be excessive cartilage in the ear
- The ear cartilage might not attach to the skull snugly
What does prominent ear correction involve?
- Procedure is done under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure
- Each anatomical problem requires its own individual solution.
- A small incision is usually made, under a local anesthetic, just behind the ear.
- This allows the surgeon to correct the position and the shape of the ear cartilage with sutures.
- Folds are created if they are absent
- Excess cartilage is removed as needed
- Sutures are taken to attach the ear to the skull
Post procedure recovery
- After the procedure you will need to wear an elastic bandage for a few days; with other ear or earlobe corrections it is usually not necessary.
- Two weeks later any swelling or bruising will disappear and you can resume all your usual sporting activities.
Know Your Surgeon
Dr. Aniketh has been trained in Otoplasty by Dr. Verpaele and Dr. Tonnard in Ghent, Belgium.