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Indications:

  • Overly large ears
  • Overly prominent ears
  • Asymmetric ears
  • Large earlobes
  • Earlobe tears (complete or incomplete) usually due to earring.
  • Ear contour, size or dimension anomalies

Anaesthesia:

Operation is done under general anaesthesia because prominent ear correction is usually done in children aged between 4-7 years and youngsters.In elder or adult patients, this operation (otoplasty) can be also done under local and /or intravenous sedation anaesthesia.

Duration:

1-2 hours; however, repair of earlobe tears lasts 20-30 minutes.

Procedure:

Through an incision hidden behind the ear, the cartilage is reduced in size or reshaped, and set back closer to the head. The suture line is behind the ear and well-hidden.

Earlobe tears are directly repaired after several little surgical procedures on the effacing edges.

Recovery:

Moderate swelling, bruising and discomfort lasts from 7 to 10 days.

Patients wear a bandage to support and cover the ears for 7 days, and then a head band for an additional 2 weeks.

Return to school or work within 1 week, but no strenuous activity or contact sports for 6 weeks.

Results:

Provides a permanent correction of ear size and projection.

Rarely re-bending or angulation of the prominent ear cartilage can occur to result in small revisions.

If ear is shaped with non-absorbable sutures, rarely some of these sutures may show up under the skin.

Risks:

Infection, hematoma, scarring Residual ear asymmetry or deformity.

Warnings:

Before the operation, all the pills /drugs impairing blood coagulation should be stopped at least 1-2 weeks before.Drinks or fruits such as green tea, red wine, garlic, cherry, pomegrenate and all types of herbal medicine should be discontinued 1-2 weeks before the operation.

Blood pressure should be regulated in necessary and hypertensive patients should be treated with the medicines and the blood pressure should be in the normal range.

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