What is Otoplasty Surgery?
Otoplasty actually means ear aesthetics, as in the sense of words. It is the process of reshaping the auricus and making it more natural and aesthetic. Many surgical techniques and methods are available. It can be done successfully by a number of surgeons
Who Is Otoplasty Performed To?
Otoplasty can be performed on anyone who is not satisfied with the shape of the ear. Pathologies such as ear size, which disturbs patients, and scooping (absence or weakness of antihelix and cavity concave hypertrophy) can achieve natural and patient-pleasing results with various autoplasty techniques. Especially in preschool children, the average age of 5 years is the ideal time. The fact that the scooped ear is ridiculed in school has a very negative effect on child psychology
Otoplasty Techniques, Complications and Follow-up?
Otoplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The average duration of surgery varies between 1-2 hours. With an incision made behind the ear, the shape desired to be given to the ear is made with some suture techniques. Cartilage excision is performed if necessary according to the condition of the case and a natural aesthetic ear is tried to be obtained.
Postoperatively, the incision behind the ear is closed with sutures. Since it is behind the ear, there may be an inconspicuous scar that does not disturb.
If the dressings are sterile during and after surgery, no signs of infection are found. When the sutures used for the patient are suitable and of high quality, no ear opening, scooping and deformity are seen. When perioperative good bleeding control and postoperative good dressing and follow-up are performed, hematoma (blood accumulation) is not observed.
The day after surgery takes a total of 10 days of extreme dressing and checks. After receiving the patient’s stitches on the tenth day, the patient can return to his/her daily social life except that he is advised to sleep only at night with an elastic head bandage.