Male Otoplasty Málaga | Renova cosmetic surgery clinic
Plastic surgeons specialists in male otoplasty in Málaga
Otoplasty is the surgery that is performed to reposition the prominent ears or “on the shoulder” to a more normal position, closer to the head, or to reduce the size of the large ears. Generally, it is a surgery that takes place in children between 4 and 14 years old.
Otoplasty can also be performed in adults, there being no greater risks in this age. If you or your child is considering the possibility of having otoplasty, you will obtain basic information about the surgery, when it is indicated, how it is performed and what results can be expected.
However, it is impossible for all your questions to be answered, since they largely depend on personal factors and the preferences of the plastic surgeon. If you do not understand something, ask your plastic surgeon.
Most plastic surgeons recommend that parents observe the child’s behavior in relation to their prominent ears; Do not insist on surgery until the child so wishes. Those children who are displeased with their ears and want to have surgery, cooperate more during the intervention and are happier with the result.
Many patients, children or adults, may be unsure about the outcome of otoplasty. Keep in mind that you want to get an improvement, not absolute perfection. Do not expect an exact symmetry, which would even be unnatural. If you discuss with your plastic surgeon, the procedure, your expectations and options, the results will be very satisfactory. At the first consultation, the plastic surgeon will evaluate the problem and recommend the most effective technique for your case. It will also provide you with instructions to prepare for surgery.
The catalog of Social Security benefits does not include performing an otoplasty for aesthetic reasons, except in cases in which there is an important associated psychological disorder or when the deformity is very important, and as long as it is during school age.
Otoplasty is performed in the operating room, in a clinic or hospital. Depending on the type of anesthesia, the procedure is performed on an ambulatory basis or it will remain in the hospital the night of the surgery.
If the child is small, the plastic surgeon will recommend the intervention under general anesthesia. For older children and adults, local anesthesia associated or not with sedation will be used, so that you are awake during surgery, but relaxed.
An otoplasty usually lasts between 2 and 3 hours, although in complex cases it may take more time. The technique used will depend on the specific problem. A small incision is usually made in the back of the ear to expose the atrial cartilage. Then the cartilage is sculpted and folded back; Internal points can be used to maintain the new shape. Occasionally, it may be necessary to remove part of the cartilage to obtain a more natural ear.
Finally, a wedge of skin is removed from the back of the ear. The scar resulting from the otoplasty is hidden behind the ear. Most of the time, even if only one ear seems abnormal, the two intervene to achieve a better symmetry.
Most patients, children and adults, are well within a few hours of surgery, although it may be advisable to stay overnight in the clinic until the effects of general anesthesia disappear. A bandage is placed around the head immediately after the surgery.
The ears may hurt a little the first few days, but are easily relieved with medication. In a few days the bandage is changed to a lighter one similar to a hair ribbon.
It is important to follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon regarding the use of the bandage, especially at night. Any activity in which you can bend your ears should be avoided during the first month. Most adults return to work 5 days after surgery; Children return to school in about 7 days, as long as they are careful with physical activities.
When otoplasty is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, the complications are infrequent and of little importance. However, as in any other intervention, there are risks inherent to surgery and complications inherent to this procedure.
A small percentage of patients may develop a hematoma, which dissolves spontaneously or requires drainage.
Occasionally, an infection of the cartilage that increases the scar tissue of the ear may occur; its treatment consists in the administration of antibiotics; Rarely, surgical drainage may be necessary.
The information contained in this page in no case can, nor does it pretend, to replace the information provided individually by your plastic surgeon. In case of doubt, your plastic surgeon will provide you with the necessary clarifications. If you are thinking of undergoing a Plastic or Aesthetic Surgery, go to a Specialist in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.
Otoplasty or surgery of the ears is a surgical procedure designed to correct the prominence or separation of the ears from the head
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