Dr. Álvaro Pérez Villar, specialist in rhinoplasty and ultrasonic rhinoplasty, also performs other types of cosmetic surgery interventions in Valladolid such as otoplasties.
Ear surgery or otoplasty
Otoplasty or ear surgery is a surgical intervention that is carried out to change the position, shape or size of the ears.
If you have, for example, one or both ears with a deformity due to an injury or birth defect, or ears far apart from the head, otoplasty could be the solution.
It is an outpatient surgical intervention (it does not require hospitalization in most cases) that consists of making a small incision behind the ear in order to reshape the cartilage.
Occasionally, some of the cartilage may also need to be removed to improve the shape of the ear. It is common that, although only one of the ears presents a problem or deformity, it is necessary to intervene in both to ensure better symmetry.
How long does an otoplasty last?
Although in the health field we can not generalize, the most common if there are no setbacks or complications of any kind, is that ear surgery lasts approximately between 2 or 3 hours.
Does an otoplasty leave a lot of scarring?
If you put yourself in the hands of a professional and experienced cosmetic surgeon (recommended), the scar resulting from otoplasty will be practically invisible and will also be hidden behind the ears with what at the aesthetic level is a great advantage.
Do you need hospitalization?
Otoplasties are “simple” surgeries that, as we have explained a few lines above, are outpatient in most cases.
Who can undergo otoplasty?
This type of ear surgery is recommended for adults and children. In the case of minors, it is advisable to do it from the age of five or six, which is when the ears have already adopted their final size and have completed their development.
Is general anesthesia necessary?
In this type of intervention we use local anesthesia, except in the case of children, who are given general anesthesia.
For whom is otoplasty or ear surgery recommended?
This type of aesthetic intervention is especially recommended for:
- People whose ear or ears protrude too much from the head.
- People who have large ears in relation to the size of the head.
- People who present a deformation in any of the ears, either from birth or due to some type of trauma or injury.
- People who, for one reason or another, are not satisfied with their ears or with a previous intervention.
Before closing this article it is important to clarify – although it may seem obvious – that otoplasties do not change the location of the ears or alter the ability to hear of those who undergo it.
If you have more questions about this type of ear surgery, please contact us.