Protruding ears are one of the most common concerns in the cervical region, and the causes are often hereditary. Otoplasty aims to change the position of the ears so that the ears that hold them back are closer together, or to change the shape of the ears.
Plastic surgery of the ears is also performed in childhood, typically after the age of 5 or 6. years of age.
Operation and recovery
There are different surgical techniques, depending on the problem. The incision is placed on the back of the flank so that the scar is as unnoticeable as possible afterwards. The surgery removes excess skin from the back of the ear and reshapes the ear canal. The operation is usually performed under local anaesthesia and lasts 1.5-2 hours.
The patient is allowed to go home a few hours after the operation. After the operation, a pressure bandage is placed around the head to help fix the ears in the new position and remains in place for one week. The stitches are removed after 7 days. Wear a headband (especially at night) and avoid possible trauma to the ears for 1 month after suture removal. It is advisable to avoid contact sports for another 2-3 months.
Performance and risks
Final recovery after surgery takes up to 6 months. The results are usually permanent.
Side effects may include temporary tingling, soreness, numbness, swelling and redness of the surgical site. It is also possible to develop a haematoma, wound infection or a reaction to anaesthetic agents.
The surgeries are performed by Dr Indrek Mikomägi.