Ear plastic surgery or otoplasty is the surgery aimed at correction of protruding ears and other defects of the ear auricle. Reconstructive (restorative) otoplasty implies new modeling of an auricular cartilage.
There are two common causes of protruding ears (protrusion of ear auricles). If there is an excessive height of a conchal bowl, it is pulled backward the scalp or the strip of the ear cartilage is removed during the surgery. If there is a hypoplasia of the antihelix (a curved prominence of the cartilage), it is formed by means of ear cartilage frame.
Indications for otoplasty
- Protruding ears.
- Ear auricle asymmetry.
- Unsatisfactory shape of ears.
- Congenital deformities of ear auricles.
Otoplasty is performed for patients who have reached the age of 6 years. Until that time, there is an active formation of the skeletal system of the ears.
General contraindications: cancer, cardiovascular and acute infectious diseases, chronic hypertensive disease, thyroid disorders, diabetes mellitus, blood-clotting disorder.
How is the surgery performed in “Certus” clinic?
Pre-surgery examination: 1-3 days.
Duration of the surgery: 1-2 hours. The surgery can take place on an outpatient basis (the patient goes home after the surgery) or in a clinical setting (1 day).
Anaesthesis: general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedating medications.
Incision options: behind the ear auricles. At the end of the surgery, the incisions are sutured with thin cosmetic stitches. The scars after the surgery are imperceptible to others.
Recovery period. Swellings, bruises (subcutaneous hemorrhages) and other side effects disappear by the end of 2-3 weeks after the surgery. During the first 7 days, the patient wears a special retentive bandage. The sutures are removed in 7 days.
Side effects: temporary bruises, swellings, sensation of pain, sensory decrement.
Risks: infectious complications, visible scars, ear asymmetry, recurrence.
ear auricle correction from one side
ear auricle correction from both sides
secondary reconstructive otoplasty from one side
Do I need to undergo examinations or tests before the procedure / operation?
Laboratory examination before the procedure / operation you can pass in our clinic or at the place of residence, depending on the type of anesthesia.
If the operation takes place under general anesthesia, then the following tests should be taken:
1. Full blood count and urine tests.
2. Blood glucose test.
3. Blood type and Rh factor.
4. Clotting assay.
5. Biochemical blood test.
6. Blood test for HBsAg, Anti-HCV Ig(G+M), Anti-HIV ½.
7. Wasserman reaction.
9. Physician’s examination
10. Chest X-ray.
11. Gynecologist’s examination.
12. For breasts surgery – breast ultrasound examination, examination by a breast specialist.
If the operation will take place under local anesthesia, then the following tests should be taken:
1. Complete blood count (with formula) + platelets.
2. Blood glucose test.
3. Clotting assay.
4. Blood test for HBsAg, Anti-HCV Ig(G+M), Anti-HIV ½.
5. Urine test.
6. Blood type.
7. Chest X-ray.
The cost of the examination in our clinic is 50-100 $.
Anesthesia is included in the price of the service?
The cost of anesthesia is not included in the cost of the procedure and is paid separately depending on its type and duration.
After surgery, will I be able to stay in your clinic?
The postoperative period you can spend in our clinic. This service is paid separately - from 100 $ up to 200 $ per day.