Otoplasty (also known as cosmetic ear surgery, pinnaplasty or ear correction), is a procedure designed to reduce the size of large ears or allow them to lie closer to the head.
At Secret Surgery Ltd, we understand how for many people having overly protruding ears can be a source of distress and self-consciousness.
Cosmetic Ear Surgery, or Ear Correction Surgery, involves adjusting the shape of the cartilage of the ear in patients whose ears protrude from the side of the head, which allows folds to be created which make the ear lie close to the side of the head.
Ear Surgery can involve a combination of moving, reshaping, adding, or removing elements of the ear’s structure.
Am I a Candidate for Cosmetic Ear Correction
Patients who are unhappy with any of the following may be good candidates for corrective ear surgery:
Abnormally shaped ear/s
Ear Surgery may be suitable for you as long as you:
Are in good health physically and emotionally
Have realistic expectations about what ear surgery can and cannot achieve for you
As long as you are in good health, there is no upper age limit for corrective ear surgery.
However, there are some reasons why some people are not good candidates for Cosmetic Ear Surgery, even if they fulfill some of the criteria above.
There are some medical conditions which increase the risk of complications from ear surgery. Those at risk include people with:
High blood pressure (hypertension)
If you are considering ear surgery but are being treated for or are concerned that you may be suffering from any of the conditions above, discuss your concerns with your own doctor beforehand.
Preparing for Cosmetic Ear Correction
At Secret Surgery Ltd, preparation is a fundamental part our patient pathway. We strive to ensure that your health and well being needs are met throughout your experience with our dedicated team of professionals.
Prior to surgery you may be asked by our qualified medical staff to:
Get a lab testing or medical evaluation if needed
Take certain medications or adjust you current medications
Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
Avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin and herbal supplements as they may increase bleeding
In addition, you will be asked to sign consent forms to assure your cosmetic surgeon that you fully understand the procedure that you will undergo and any potential risks, complications and side effects associated with Cosmetic Ear Surgery.
You will also receive special instructions prior to surgery which include:
What to do on the day of your surgery
Post-operative care and follow-up instructions
Listening to this advice and following these instructions will help your surgery to go more smoothly and will help to reduce the risk of possible ear surgery side effects and complications.
Cosmetic Ear Correction Procedure Steps
Techniques vary among cosmetic surgeons and patients. Factors that may influence the choice of technique include the general anatomy of the ears, the extent of the ear cartilage, excessive skin in the surrounding area, or level of deformity in other areas of the ears. The ears will be examined and compared to each other and to “normal” guidelines, and then they will be measured.
Your surgeon may recommend one of many surgical techniques to improve the appearance of your ear/s. The particular technique that your plastic surgeon recommends will depend on the nature of the problem and your aesthetic goals and objectives.
Cosmetic Ear Surgery and Heading Steps
Ear Surgery recovery times will vary patient by patient and by the extent of the ear surgery performed. Healing time after ear surgery depends on a patient’s physical and emotional health and their response to surgery.
It is important to realise that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.
After the procedure, your head is wrapped in a thick bandage, which helps to maintain the new position of the ears protects them and aids the healing process.
You will be seen daily by medical staff during your stay in Poland, to ensure that your recovery and healing proceed in optimum standards.
Your surgeon or medical team will provide you with a complete post-operative instruction list which you should follow carefully to reduce the risk of complications.
Most adult patients return to normal activity within three days of cosmetic ear surgery. More complicated procedures may require a longer recovery time.
After surgery, you may be instructed to wear gauze dressing or bandage for a few days or up to several weeks to ensure that your ears heal in their new, corrected position. A wide elastic hair band is worn at night to cover the ears and prevent them from bending during sleep.
Avoid straining, bending and lifting in the days after your surgical procedure.
You should be able to resume most of your normal activities within ten days or less and return to work in seven to 10 days.
Cosmetic Ear Surgery Side effects and Heading Risks
When an cosmetic ear procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon complications are infrequent and usually minor. Ear surgery is commonly performed and generally safe. The possibility of complications arising depends on each patient‘s anatomy, their physical reactions, and their healing abilities. As with any surgery, the outcome is not predictable. It is advised that you discuss these in detail with you Cosmetic Surgeon in Poland who is medically qualified to answer your questions or concerns.
Cosmetic Ear Surgery Results
The results of cosmetic ear surgery are immediately visible once bandages and medical dressings have been removed. Over time post-surgical swelling will subside and resolve, and incision lines will gradually refine in appearance. Patients experience an immediate satisfaction at their results, and experience fulfillment in self-confidence and personal body image. Ear reshaping and pinning surgery offers many psychological and physical advantages for patients.