The Otoplasty Procedure Explained
The Otoplasty Procedure Explained
The otoplasty is a collective term for surgical and non-surgical procedures that can be used to correct deformities and defects of the ear. As this is a relatively common procedure, various techniques have been developed by cosmetic surgeons over the years. To fully inform our patients about the ins and outs of this procedure, we have created this information page.
What Is Otoplasty?
As we briefly mentioned in the introduction, the otoplasty is a procedure that is aimed at correcting deformities and defects of the ear. It can also be used for reconstructive cosmetic surgery, which involves restoring damage that has been caused by trauma. Within this framework, a distinction must be made between the surgical and non-surgical otoplasty. To help patients understand the difference, we have described each one in a little more detail.
The surgical otoplasty involves making a small incision at the back of the ear. The incision exposes the cartilage of the ear, enabling the surgeon to remove cartilage and skin where needed. Then, the ear is pinned in a certain position with dissolvable sutures.
As the name of this procedure suggests, the non-surgical otoplasty does not involve any incisions. During this procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will place strategical sutures to achieve a more symmetrical appearance for the ears. However, contrary to a surgical otoplasty, the sutures added during this procedure will remain in place. However, the sutures will not be visible to the naked eye.
To find out if a patient needs a surgical or a non-surgical otoplasty, the patient needs to be thoroughly evaluated by an experienced cosmetic surgeon first. After a medical evaluation, and a discussion with the patient about their expectations, the cosmetic surgeon can recommend the best procedure for you.
Does Otoplasty Hurt?
Patients will not feel anything during the procedure. An ear correction can be executed under local or general anaesthesia; this will keep the patient comfortable during the otoplasty. The type of anaesthesia used during the procedure will be discussed before the otoplasty takes place. The decision can be subject to the patient’s medical history, but also their overall anxiety for the procedure. If you have any questions or concerns about anaesthesia during the otoplasty procedure, be sure to speak to Dr Lanzer or one of his associates.
While the patient will not experience any pain during the procedure, it is not uncommon for patients to experience some post-operative discomfort. Common side-effects that can be associated with this reconstructive surgery including otoplasty before and after photos will be explained by Dr Lanzer and his associates beforehand; this enables patients to be prepared for their recovery. Any pain or discomfort after an ear correction can easily be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. It is also possible to speak to Dr Lanzer and his associates about post-operative pain relief.
Discover The Advantages Of Otoplasty Procedures!
After being introduced to Australia over 10 years ago, it has undergone many refinements to get to where it is today. This non-invasive ear-pinning technique restores facial symmetry by permanently reducing prominence of the ears.
If you’re looking to having this treatment done, get a free consultation with Dr Lanzer.
How Much Does Otoplasty Cost?
The cost of surgical procedures can be variable, and this is no different for the otoplasty. The experience of the surgeon, complexity of the ear surgery and the overall duration of your procedure could all have an influence on the cost. To get an accurate estimate, we recommend getting in touch with The Dr Lanzer Clinic. Simply use our online enquiry form and enter the type of surgery you wish to enquire about. Also, enter your personal details so our team can contact you as soon as possible.
What Is The Best Age For Otoplasty?
While there is no age restriction for the otoplasty, the procedure should only be executed when the ears have reached their full size. If an otoplasty is executed before then, the growing of the ears could destroy the changes that were implemented during the surgery.
What Are The Risks Of Otoplasty?
All cosmetic surgery is accompanied by a risk of complications. It is important that patients fully inform themselves about the potential risks before undergoing surgery. Patients will also be required to sign a consent form, stating they understand all the risks accompanying the otoplasty.
Even though complications are rare, there is always a risk of infection, bleeding, a blood clot, suture-related complications, a recurrence of the problem that was correct during the surgery, over correction and asymmetry. Since these are risks connected to the otoplasty, it is recommended to choose an experience cosmetic surgeon to correct problems such as prominent ears and protruding ears.
There are some things patients can do to prevent complications. Evidently, patients should stay away from contact sports to avoid any damage to the area while it is healing. Most patients will also be wearing a headband while the ear cartilage is settling into its new form.
To avoid complications after the incisionless otoplasty procedure, patients are advised to keep the ears clean; this will reduce the chance of infections. Patients should also not rub or touch their ears after the treatment, as this could damage the sutures that have been placed during the treatment. To reduce some of the swelling that is experienced after the treatment, patients can also sleep on an extra pillow. This will reduce some of the swelling while sleeping.
During their recovery, patients will be required to attend a follow-up appointment with Dr Lanzer or one of his associates. During this appointment, the treatment area will be checked for any signs of complications, but also to see the progress you are making.
Where To Get An Otoplasty?
The Dr Lanzer Clinic is one of the cosmetic surgery clinics that provides the otoplasty. If you are considering an otoplasty in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast or Brisbane, you can make an appointment at our clinic by contacting our receptionists by telephone. You can also enquire by entering your information on the website contact form. Our receptionists will get back to you as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions For Otoplasty
What is otoplasty surgery?
Otoplasty is surgery to correct ears that stick out from the head which is often referred to as bat ears. There are surgical and less invasive mini surgical methods to treat otoplasty. Dr Lanzers clinic specialise in the incision less otoplasty which means there is no long cut behind the ear. It is performed under local anaesthetic it is long lasting with low complications.
How are you supposed to sleep after otoplasty?
There is no special requirements for sleeping when performing the less invasive method.