Otoplasty generally involves reforming the cartilages that shape the ears, to pull them in, and reduce the protrusion.
Surgery begins with an incision just behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear is joined to the head. Dr Mooney will then remove the necessary amounts of cartilage and skin required to achieve the right effect. In certain cases, Dr Mooney will trim the cartilage and shape it into a more desirable form and then pin the cartilage back with permanent sutures to secure the cartilage. In other instances, Dr. Mooney will not remove any cartilage at all, using stitches to hold the cartilage permanently in place.
Sutures are placed in the cartilage on the back side of the ear to maintain the new position. Incisions and the resulting scars are well concealed on the back of the ear, so that there is no visible scarring.
What to expect after surgery
Recovery is very straightforward. Generally patients will require two weeks of rest, and wear the surgical dressing day and night for the first week. We then suggest wearing a head-band or dressing at night for the first 4-6 weeks. This is necessary as the ears have a propensity to re-protrude, even following the most meticulous surgery. This post op care, along with pain relief, and topical and oral antibiotics affords the best results to our patients.
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.