Treatment procedure for an otoplasty:
- The otoplasty procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia. It can take between 1 to 3 hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure. The technique used depends on the type of otoplasty you're having:
- An incision is made on the back or inside of the ear for a more natural-looking appearance
- Removal or folding the cartilage with stitches or a graft
- Incisions are closed with stitches
After the procedure, bandages will be applied to the ears to provide support and protect the incision. A bit of bruising, swelling, discomfort, and mild soreness is to be expected after surgery. The bandage is typically removed after a few days. Avoid pulling the ears forward or sleeping on the ear for a few weeks. If there is any scarring, it should rarely be visible, as the incisions are placed behind the ear.
- For children, this procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia, while adults usually require only local anesthesia and sedation. Both ears may be operated on in order to achieve better balance. The results of the otoplasty procedure are permanent and scars will fade with time to become less noticeable.