If the protruding ears or the loop annoy you or your child, surgery may be considered. Ear surgery – also known as otoplasty – can improve the position, shape or proportions of the ear. You can correct a defect in the morphology of the ear that is present at birth and that becomes evident with development or correct a post-traumatic or post-oncological defect.
creates a natural shape, bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Even minor deformity corrections can bring profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem.
In particular, otoplasty is able to treat:
Otoplasty is a highly individualized intervention and should be done for oneself, not to satisfy someone else’s wishes or to try to adapt to any kind of ideal image.
The good candidates for otoplasty are:
Teenagers and adults good candidates for otoplasty are:
he success and safety of your intervention depends very much on your total frankness during the first visit. You will be asked a series of questions concerning your health, desires and lifestyle.
Be prepared to discuss:
The surgeon can also::
Before the surgery, you could be asked to:
Special instructions you will receive will concern:
Your maxillofacial surgeon will also discuss where your surgery will be performed. Depending on the type of surgery you will undergo, your surgery will be performed in an accredited surgical clinic where your surgeon operates.
You will need help
If your otoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to take you home after the surgery and stay with you for at least the first night after surgery.
The decision to make otoplasty is extremely personal and you will have to decide if the benefits will meet your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Your plastic surgeon will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign the consent forms to be sure that you fully understand the intervention you will be subjected to, the alternatives and the most likely risks and possible complications.
Some of the risks include:
Make sure you ask questions
It is very important to ask your maxillo-facial surgeon questions about your surgery. It is natural to feel a little anxiety, due to the excitement of your expected new appearance, to pre-operative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.
Where will my surgery be done?
The otoplasty can be performed in a suitable facility or in a surgical ambulatory. Your maxillo-facial surgeon and personal assistant fully participate in your comfort and safety. After surgery, bandages or bandages will be applied to keep your surgical site clean, protecting it from trauma and supporting the new position of the ears during initial healing. You will receive specific instructions that may include: How to take care of your ears after surgery, the medications to be taken or taken orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when the follow-up will be done with the your maxillofacial surgeon
When you go home
If complications occur, inform the maxillofacial surgeon who will determine if additional treatment is needed.
Following your doctor’s instructions is the key to the success of your surgery. It is important that surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive strain, abrasion, or movement during the healing time. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to take care of yourself. It is very important to follow the instructions of the maxillofacial surgeon and to respect the visits as scheduled.
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Drugs are given for your comfort during surgery. Choices include intravenous sedation, local or general anesthesia. The doctor will advise you the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
The correction of protruding ears uses surgical techniques to create or increase the anti-helix fold (just inside the edge of the ear) and to reduce the enlarged cartilage hollow (the largest and deepest concavity of the outer ear). Otoplasty incisions are generally made on the posterior surface of the ear. When incisions are needed on the front of the ear, they are made inside its folds to hide them. Internal non-removable sutures are used to create and fix the new cartilage shape in its place.
Step 3 – Close the incisions
External stitches close the incision. The techniques are individualized, being careful not to distort other structures and to avoid an unnatural appearance as if the ear were “pinned back”.
Step 4 – See the results
The otoplasty offers immediate results in cases of protruding ears, visible once the dressing, which supports the new shape of the ear during the initial stages of healing, has been removed. With the ear permanently positioned near the head, surgical scars are hidden behind the ear or well hidden in the natural folds of the ear.
Post-operative pain at otoplasty is normal and can be controlled with pain medication. There may be an itchy sensation under the bandages. It is essential that the bandages remain intact and are not removed for any reason. Failure to do so could result in the loss of some of the corrections and it may be necessary to resort to secondary surgery.
Be sure to ask specific questions to your maxillofacial surgeon about what you can expect during your recovery period.
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Despite the expected good results, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgery and another intervention may be necessary.
The otoplasty offers almost immediate results in cases of protruding ears, visible when the dressings that support the new shape of the ear during the initial stages of healing have been removed.
With the ear permanently positioned near the head, surgical scars are hidden behind the ear or well hidden within the natural folds of the ear. The results of a more extensive otoplasty and reconstruction may appear in several phases over time.
Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. The cost of a surgeon for otoplasty may vary depending on his experience, the type of intervention used, as well as the geographical location. Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask if it may interest you.
Costs may include:
Most health insurance plans do not cover elective surgery, related complications or another corrective surgery to change the appearance of your ears. Some interventions can be covered by health insurance, particularly when they are performed to alleviate medical symptoms or to restore hearing function. Pre-certification is often required for reimbursement or coverage. Be sure to consult with your insurance company before any surgery.
Your satisfaction is more important than a tax
When choosing a maxillofacial surgeon for otoplasty, remember that the surgeon’s experience and being in tune with him are as important as the final cost of the surgery.
Use this checklist as a guide during the consultation
Maxillofacial surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is the selection of a surgeon that can be trusted.
The choice of a qualified surgeon such as Dr. Giuseppe Spinelli, specialized in maxillofacial surgery, ensures that a doctor has been selected who: