Protruding ears can give rise to many complexes. The good news is that the unsightly shape or position of your ears can be solved effectively. At Asklepion, our specialists perform first class ear surgery. Make an appointment today and get rid of those protruding ears.
What is ear surgery and who is it suitable for?
Ear surgery solves congenital problems with regards to ear shape and position, in particular protruding auricles.
The ear auricle is formed by cartilage and the dermal cover. The dermal cover very accurately copies the shape of the cartilage of the auricle. If the auricle is of a good shape, it is sufficient to tighten the auricle to the skull during surgery.
In some cases it is also necessary to adjust the relief of the auricle because it is not deep enough or because of the shape e.g. it is cornet-like in shape. In this case it is necessary to adjust and form the relief of the cartilage.
Ear auricles are usually not totally symmetrical. There is usually a small asymmetry in the shape and size. For this reason, the extent of the ear surgery on either one or both of the auricles will differ according to the patient´s particular situation. This is always discussed with the patient during the initial consultation with the surgeon.
What does ear surgery involve?
- Otoplasty is usually performed under local anaesthesia.
- Total anaesthesia is possible if the intervention under local anaesthesia is not felt to be appropriate. This is only done with the agreement of your surgeon or anaesthetist.
- The incision is made behind the auricles. The skin and the insertions of the cartilage are loosened.
- If required, the cartilage is modelled into shape and softened and subsequently fixed into the requested position with absorbable stitches.
- The skin is sewn together and a greasy tamponade attached to relieve the auricle.
- The ear surgery is completed with the application of a head bandage.
- The patient is either released from the ward on the same day, or the following day in the morning if it concerned surgery under total anaesthesia.
How do you prepare for ear surgery?
1) Make an appointment with our plastic surgeon.
2) One week prior to the planned surgery you must provide us with results of both a laboratory and internal preoperative examination. You can undergo the examination at your general practitioner or directly at our clinic one day before the surgery. You must take into account that in this case the surgery might be postponed if the results are not within acceptable limits.
3) Do not take any medications containing acetylsalicylic acid, which influences blood coagulation, for at least three weeks prior to the surgery.
4) You should be fit and healthy and not have had any acute illnesses e.g. cold or viral infection, for at least two to three weeks prior to the planned surgery. Smokers should also temporarily give up smoking. Smoking significantly slows down the healing process.
5) You must come to the surgery on an empty stomach (the patient should not eat, drink or smoke for at least 8 hours prior to the surgery), at the agreed time, clean, with washed hair and no make-up.
6) After the surgery, you will either be released the same day, or the following morning, dependent on whether or not the operation required total anaesthesia.
7) We recommend you arrange help and transport by car when leaving for home treatment.
What do you have to do after ear surgery?
- After the surgery, it is necessary to resting for 7 to 10 days at home. We will provide you with antibiotics and medicines to reduce the swelling. You must not forget to take them regularly.
- The first examination takes place one day after the surgery. During the examination the bandage will be replaced.
- The pain can persist for the first two days after the surgery, particularly in adult patients.
- It is possible to take painkillers. These will be provide as required.
- You must sleep with your head in an upright position. The pain in the auricles will lessen as a result.
- Approximately 7 to 10 days after the surgery it is possible to take off the bandage and wash your hair.
- The bandage must be removed at the clinic at a pre-arranged time. The stitches are absorbable so there is no need to take them out.
- For following week it is important to wear a headband or scarf to help to keep the auricles in position.
- The auricles may be less sensitive for several weeks after the surgery. For this reason it is important to protect them from the cold, especially in the winter.
- Sport and physical exercise are possible 4 to 5weeks after the surgery.
- Going to the sauna or solarium are forbidden for the first 2 or 3 months.
- The scars are hidden behind the auricles. The healing time and appearance are very individual.
- Stabilization of the scars usually takes a minimum of 3 months after the surgery.
- You will be regularly invited for postoperative examinations. We will work to ensure that the result corresponds to your expectations.
Do you have any further questions about ear surgery? If you do, don´t hesitate to contact our specialists. Make an appointment