Otoplasty – ear surgery

Otoplasty – also known as cosmetic ear surgery – is a procedure for changing the shape, position or size of the ears. The reasons for undergoing ear surgery vary, depending on the needs and problems of the patients. This may be due to ear deformation due to injury, accident, or birth defect. Abnormal shape or size of the ears can affect the well-being, self-esteem or mental health of patients, which may also be a reason to decide to undergo otoplasty surgery. Cosmetic ear surgery is also used among children, significantly improving the quality of life and raising confidence.

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    The type of anesthesia used for ear surgery depends on the patient. Ear surgery is performed under general and local anesthesia in adults. The procedure involves simple incision of the posterior surface of the auricle and modeling of cartilage. The entire correction takes about 90 minutes. Hospitalization varies: adults can return home immediately after the procedure, and children are recommended to stay in the clinic for a day.

    Please inform your doctor about all medications you are taking and complaints during your medical consultation. All required tests should be performed as prescribed by the physician prior to surgery. It is very important to stop smoking and drinking alcohol before surgery because these substances have a significant negative effect on wound healing. We recommend giving up alcohol and cigarettes for as long as possible before and after the procedure to avoid postoperative scars. You should come to the clinic on an empty stomach on the day of your visit.

    It is forbidden to sleep on the side and excessive exposure to the sun. It is not advisable to wash your head during the first week in order not to wet the dressing. A postoperative medical consultation is required.

    During the first weeks after the surgery, avoid physical exertion or heavy lifting, as well as sauna visits, bathing and sunbathing. It is also worth giving up drinking and smoking nicotine-containing products as long as possible. This is important because of the proper healing of wounds after surgery and reducing the likelihood of scars.

    People struggling with comorbidities or other health problems must inform their physician during the first qualification consultation. Before the procedure, perform all tests as prescribed by the doctor and follow all recommendations before and after the procedure.

    What can you do to minimize swelling or bruising?

    Depending on the procedure, it may be a good idea to sleep in a tilted position (not horizontal) for one week after the procedure to minimize the accumulation of fluid on your face and eyelids. Follow the instructions you will receive on preparing and serving cold and warm compresses. They will not only reduce bruising and swelling, but also maximize and promote healing. Avoid elevated blood pressure, limit caffeine intake, excessive physical exertion, and avoid stress.

    About the procedure

    The type of anesthesia used for ear surgery depends on the patient. Ear surgery is performed under general and local anesthesia in adults. The procedure involves simple incision of the posterior surface of the auricle and modeling of cartilage. The entire correction takes about 90 minutes. Hospitalization varies: adults can return home immediately after the procedure, and children are recommended to stay in the clinic for a day.

    Preparation

    Please inform your doctor about all medications you are taking and complaints during your medical consultation. All required tests should be performed as prescribed by the physician prior to surgery. It is very important to stop smoking and drinking alcohol before surgery because these substances have a significant negative effect on wound healing. We recommend giving up alcohol and cigarettes for as long as possible before and after the procedure to avoid postoperative scars. You should come to the clinic on an empty stomach on the day of your visit.

    Convalescence

    It is forbidden to sleep on the side and excessive exposure to the sun. It is not advisable to wash your head during the first week in order not to wet the dressing. A postoperative medical consultation is required.

    During the first weeks after the surgery, avoid physical exertion or heavy lifting, as well as sauna visits, bathing and sunbathing. It is also worth giving up drinking and smoking nicotine-containing products as long as possible. This is important because of the proper healing of wounds after surgery and reducing the likelihood of scars.

    Precautions

    People struggling with comorbidities or other health problems must inform their physician during the first qualification consultation. Before the procedure, perform all tests as prescribed by the doctor and follow all recommendations before and after the procedure.

    FAQ

    What can you do to minimize swelling or bruising?

    Depending on the procedure, it may be a good idea to sleep in a tilted position (not horizontal) for one week after the procedure to minimize the accumulation of fluid on your face and eyelids. Follow the instructions you will receive on preparing and serving cold and warm compresses. They will not only reduce bruising and swelling, but also maximize and promote healing. Avoid elevated blood pressure, limit caffeine intake, excessive physical exertion, and avoid stress.

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