When is it justified?
During an ear surgery, the plastic surgeon not only adjusts the angle of protruding ears or shapes the auricle, but can make the whole of the outer ear smaller. The youngest age the intervention can be performed at is 10 years of age. The benefit of undergoing correction at a young age is that by this time, the cartilage is still soft and more elastic, thus more easily malleable than later in life. Our plastic surgeon examines you during a preliminary consultation and shows you his reference works to illustrate the expected best outcome.
Before the surgery, you have to undergo a complete and throughout screening. To make the process more comfortable for you, we perform all the necessary screenings at our Institute in the same place and time. Besides laboratory tests, our surgeon might recommend you to have an ECG examination and an ultrasound screening. You also have to have a consultation with the anesthesiologist before the surgery. Your plastic surgeon will also inform you about the advised temporary adjustments in your lifestyle to speed up your recovery.
The course of the intervention
The ideal angle between the ear and the skull is 15-20, thus the aim of the intervention is to attain this condition. The surgery is performed in anesthesia. First, an incision is made on the back of the auricle, and certain parts of the cartilage are removes through it to correct the unevenness. Then the excess skin is removed and the ear is fixed at the right angle. . The absorbable sutures we use will spare you the unpleasantness of having the stitches removed. The complete intervention takes 1 hour.
Recovery and aftercare
After the intervention you spend one night in our hospital where you can relax in a calm and exclusive environment. In the morning following your ear surgery, our specialist puts compressive bandages over your scars, and after you return home, you have to wear straps day and night for 2 weeks. It is important to avoid any strenuous physical activity for the same amount of time, and even after this period, return to your previous lifestyle gradually. However, 3 weeks after the surgery some light exercise is allowed. It is not recommended to visit a tanning salon or sauna for two months. Your control examinations will be scheduled for the 7th and 14th days after the intervention, and two additional ones during week 6 and 12. Your visible scars will disappear in approximately 6 months, and the skin-deep scars will heal in 2 years.
The risk of complications is very low, but if there is any, it can only be wound infection, whey and blood accumulation or a keloid scar. In some cases the two ears might be asymmetric.