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What is an otoplasty?
Bat ears correction or otoplasty is an operation to correct prominent (or bat ears) and place them closer to the head. Other problems can also be corrected, such as large ears or “lop” ears. Prominent ears, particularly in children, can lead to self consciousness and the individual being teased. For this reason, correction prior to commencing school is often sought.
The operation is usually performed through an incision behind the ear, although other incisions may be used depending on individual surgical requirements. Permanent or dissolving stitches may be used. Although possible to do under local anaesthetic, otoplasty, particularly in children, is usually done as a day stay procedure under a light anaesthetic. Recovery is quick and pain is minimal. A head bandage is worn for a week. Results are excellent and lead to a boost in self image and confidence.
When contemplating otoplasty for a child, the age when the operation is performed is dependent upon patient preference, Commonly the surgery is done prior to school age (under 5), but this surgery is requested at all ages.
Important points to remember before proceeding with surgery
- Healing continues for some time following surgery as the skin shrinks and adjusts.
- There can be no absolute guarantee with any surgery. Remember, the realistic aim of this operation is improvement, not perfection. Don’t expect both ears to match perfectly – perfect symmetry is both unlikely and unnatural in ears.
- In the hands of even the most experienced surgeon, a secondary operation to correct residual asymmetry or a minor irregularity may be needed subsequently.
- You should avoid smoking and taking aspirin or aspirin containing medications for at least three weeks before and after surgery to assist the healing process.
The above information mentions only some of the benefits and complications of otoplasty. This information should not be regarded as a substitute for information and advice provided by Dr Drielsma during consultation.