Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Surgery of the ear, also known as otoplasty, is a procedure that helps reduce protrusion of the ear away from the head.
Reasons for Considering Ear Surgery
Otoplasty is not limited to children and may also be performed on older patients. The procedure is suitable for individuals with large ears and for those with congenital (birth) irregularities that detract from their appearance. Additionally, an individual’s ears may exhibit abnormal traits due an accidental injury, such as losing an ear or part of an ear. Regardless of the technique employed, patients can look forward to long-lasting improvements to their overall facial appearance by restoring form and balance to their ears.
Ear surgery is commonly performed under general anaesthesia for children and local anaesthesia for adults. The standard otoplasty procedure brings the ears closer to the head. Otoplasty begins with an incision hidden in the crease behind the ear. This incision allows the cartilage located behind the ears to be reshaped in order to position them closer to the head. The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, depending upon the extent of surgery.
There are various surgical techniques involved in correcting irregularities other than protruding ears. Dr Goh will discuss the best technique for your desired outcome in your consultation.
After the surgery is completed, large bandages will be wrapped around the head. This method secures the ear in place and assists with the healing process. The bandages are usually removed within a week and replaced with smaller dressings. Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery. This pain can usually be controlled effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following post-operative instructions.