Ear Surgery

If you are considering ear surgery...

Otoplasty, also known as Ear Surgery, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. This uncomfortable state may affect the child’s life.
This procedure is indicated since the child is seven years old (before school age), when parents may notice some psychological problems when their child is beginning their social life with other children at school.

When is Otoplasty recommended?

It is quite important for the children to desire to have their ears corrected and not only their parents. Parents should also listen to their children and try to find out if they are under any kind of a bad-taste joke among their friends due to their ears.
Even if a child has not reached an appropriate age to have this surgery, taking him or her to see a Plastic Surgeon may help this child to understand his or her problem and realize that a correction is possible at a certain age. Besides the child will also learn that their parents are worried and care about it too.

Some uncertainty and possible risks

Complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, there is a risk that after this procedure (until the 30th day) the ear may suffer a kind of a small trauma and the stitches done to replace and remodel the ear may get lost and the correction is gone.

The surgery

Most of the time, this procedure is performed with local anesthesia. Sometimes it is combined with a sedative, so the patient will be more relaxed. General anesthesia is rarely recommended.
One of the techniques involves an incision in the back of ear. Skin is removed and stitches are used to fold the cartilage back on itself to reshape the ear without removing cartilage. Therefore, the ear is placed into a new and better position.
After the surgery a bulky bandage will be done to promote the best molding and healing to avoid any type of bruises (blood under one’s skin) and to reach the best molding for the ears. This bandage must be kept for 48 hours and it may be removed at home.
In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade in about 6 months to one year.

Recommendations after the surgery

The patient’s head must be kept higher for the first days (use at least two pillows) and the patient should not sleep on the ears for a month. After taking out the bandage, hair may be washed with shampoo and the scars should be washed with a neutral soap bar. Hair and bandage may be dirty with some blood.
We recommend an elastic hair band, the one the ballet dancers use, in order to protect the ears when sleeping, inserting some cotton behind the ears and under the band. The stitches will dissolve or will be removed after a week.
The patient should be extra careful to avoid any accident with the ears during the first month. Most patients may return to school or work after taking the bandage out (48 hours), if the patient is a child, it would be a good idea to ask the teacher to watch out for this students during the first month.

Your new look

Most patients, young or older, are usually very happy with the ear surgery results: natural ears that will improve their self-esteem. Don’t expect both ears to match perfectly-perfect symmetry is both unlikely and unnatural in ears. If your expectations are real, you will be quite pleased with the result.



Addresses and Telephones

São Paulo
47, Amadeu Amaral, Square
Room 93
São Paulo, SP
Phone: +55 11 3285-3432

252, Salgado Filho, Avenue
Room 109
São Paulo, SP
+55 11 2600-9275
+55 11 2600-9290
e-mail: dr.lourenco@uol.com.br

Cell Phone: +55 11 99975-1550

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