Otoplasty ear surgery (also known as ear pinning) is performed to correct prominent ear(s), placing the ear(s) closer to the back of the head. This procedure is commonly performed on children after the age of 6 years old. Many adults often choose otoplasty surgery to improve their self-image.
During your physical evaluation, Dr. Dickie will assess the ear(s) and discuss the possible outcome after surgery.
The procedure will take approximately two hours, depending upon the extent of the correction. Otoplasty surgery can be performed either under a local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic, depending upon the age of the patient. An incision is made behind the ear to remove excess skin and cartilage. The cartilage is shaped to a more desirable contour. Following the correction, the ear is sutured and dressed.
This procedure renders very positive results, though no surgery can predict perfect symmetry.
After your surgery, you will be discharged with dressings around your head to hold and support your ear(s) in the new position. These dressing must remain in place until your follow up appointment with Dr. Dickie. Stitches are usually removed (or will dissolve) in about a week.
During the recovery time of two to four weeks, Dr. Dickie will advise you to refrain from any activity in which the ear might be bent. The head dressing must stay on for a ten-day period. Therefore, most patients will resume their normal activity once the dressing is removed.
Contact the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery for more information on otoplasty and other possible cosmetic enhancements that you might be considering and to schedule an in-depth consultation with Dr. Dickie.
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Before & After
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