Cosmetic ear surgery aims to correct protruding ears and in rare cases may be done to reshape them
In children, the ears are a source of ridicule and humiliation that can lead to psychological and academic difficulties. In adulthood, protruding ears can impede self-esteem and affect socio-professional development. A simple and effective correction is possible from the age of 7 years. This otoplasty may relate to both ears, or just one ear if there is asymmetry.
Guidelines for the procedure
Through an incision hidden behind the ear, the surgeon gives the ears an acceptable shape by folding them so they lay closer to the skull. Sometimes, more complex changes are made to the cartilage.
The procedure is performed under assisted local anesthesia (diazepine-induced analgesia) or under a short general anesthesia for the child’s comfort.
The procedure lasts about 1 hour. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.
The patient leaves the clinic wearing a helmet-shaped bandage which is removed between the 1st and the 6th day, exposing the scars to the air.
The stitches are dissolvable.
Wearing glasses is permitted after removal of the dressing. A band must be worn for 2 months (24 hours a day for 15 days, and then only at night). Resuming intense contact sports (rugby, judo…) is permitted after 2 months.
Edema (swelling) of the ears along with ecchymosis (bruises) are temporary and mask the permanent result that is visible after 1 to 2 months.
Risk of complications
As with any surgery, a number of complications can occur. But the likelihood of these complications is reduced in the hands of a qualified plastic surgeon and in the presence of a competent anesthetist. The patient’s compliance to instructions given by the surgeon is also essential and include :
- stopping smoking 1 month before and after the procedure (reduction of all risks) ;
- not taking aspirin for 10 days before and after the procedure (reduced risk of hematoma).
Fortunately, postoperative effects are generally manageable following an otoplasty that has been carried out properly, so serious complications are rare.
Rare complications that could occur include, but are not limited to risk of hematoma, infection and scarring./p>
In the event of a complication, appropriate measures will be taken.
In practice, the vast majority of cases take place without any problem and the patients are satisfied with the result.
Health insurance coverage
In certain cases, partial coverage for the procedure is provided by health insurance.