The current trend is to minimize intervention, keeping it simple, reducing downtime and the risk of complications. Otoplasty or correction of prominent ears involves the alteration of the shape of the ear to render it more normal and to place the ear closer to the scalp. Dr Zoń is a leading aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Warsaw, Poland. He offers ear surgery (otoplasty) as part of his comprehensive range of surgical procedures available.
Ears come in all shapes and sizes. Patient may have one ear more prominent and a different shape compared to the other ear.At other times an ear may not have developed an appropriate fold in the anti-helical rim. These ears are affectionately called ‘bat ears’. Some patients may find that their earlobes are too large. From other side ears are sitting in an oblique fashion. Either way, at times patients, will go to great lengths to try and camouflage their ears with either hair styling or wearing hats or scarves.
otoplasty or ear pinning
This procedure is performed as a day surgery procedure. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia depending on the technique that is used to set back the ear. The procedure takes one to two hours. The incisions are made behind the ear so that all scars are hidden.
The ear cartilage has been re-shaped into a more pleasing position. Shape dissolvable sutures are then used to support the cartilage in this new position. These sutures usually dissolve over a period of six months. They do not need to be removed. This is especially important for children who often are afraid. At the end of the procedure, the ear skin is then re-draped over this new cartilage framework and any excess skin can then be removed. The scar line is hidden behind the ear. A dressing is then placed which usually stays in place for seven days. Patients are allowed to go home on the day of surgery. Antibiotics are prescribed to reduce the risk of infection.
after ear surgery
The head bandage is removed after seven days. Then patients are allowed to shower and wash their hair. They are instructed to wear a specialist headband to support their ears of a night-time for a further five weeks. This avoids inadvertent folding of the ear during sleep. Often the ear skin will feel somewhat numb and tingling will start to return to the ear skin over the next few weeks.