While having protruding ears doesn’t affect a child’s hearing, many find them to be unattractive, especially as they get older. Protruding ears may be an inherited trait, or they can appear for no reason at all. Some children feel that their ears stick out more than they should, and this can cause embarrassment or other psychologically problems.
What is ear plastic surgery?
Ear plastic surgery, which is also known as otoplasty, is an operation where the ear is reshaped. The primary area that will be affected is the pinna, or outer ear. Dr. Samadi can operate on the ear in multiple ways. One method involves slicing the ear’s cartilage, while another method involves stitching and folding the cartilage as opposed to slicing it off, and the skin will be removed instead.
The surgeon will start off the operation by making a miniature incision behind the ear, which provides access to the cartilage. Once the operation is complete, the surgeon will use stitches to close up the area where the incision was made.
What are the benefits of ear plastic surgery?
There are a number of advantages to receiving otoplasty. In addition to correcting protruding ears and providing greater well-being, it can also be used to fix:
- Ear lobes which are too large
- Ear tips which fold downward
- Missing ear features such as folds
What are the risks associated with ear plastic surgery?
While the majority of patients are satisfied with ear plastic surgery, there are some risks involved with this procedure. Some of these include blood clots and infection. Children may also experience aches and swelling, but medications will be provided which can relieve the pain. Antibiotics are also provided to prevent infection. If a patient experiences any of the side effects below, they should contact their doctor promptly:
- The child develops a fever
- Severe bleeding and swelling
- Trauma is present at the surgical site
What does the post-care entail?
Children will need time to recover from this operation. After the surgery is complete, a bandage can be applied to the child’s head. This is done to protect their ears from infection. ENT for Children recommends this bandage be worn for about a week after the operation has been completed. During this time the child’s hair should not be washed, and the head should not be exposed to water. Many doctors will recommend covering the head with a head band while sleeping to protect the ears.
During the recovery period, there are a number of activities which should be avoided. Some of these include swimming (which should be avoided up to 8 weeks after surgery) and sports or any activity where the ears could potentially be damaged. For the first three days after the operation is complete, the ears of the child will be sore or numb, and they may also notice a tingling sensation. This pain can be alleviated with pain relievers, which can be purchased over the counter in most pharmacies. However, pain relievers such as Aspirin should not be given to children under the age of 16, so it is important for parents to read the label. Parents who have any questions should contact us for more details.