Pre-operative markings are performed by Dr. Petit before the procedure.
The procedure can be performed under general or local anesthesia (in calm adults and children), on an out-patient basis (hospital discharge that very evening).
To begin the surgery, it consists in reshaping the external relief of the ears, by plicating on itself the anthelix (cartilage of the lateral side of the ear).
Then, the sutures are performed between the mastoid (palpable prominent bone behind the ear) and the hypertrophic concha, in order to decrease its projection forwards.
A scar hidden behind the ear is necessary to expose the cartilage.
The cutaneous closure is performed with resorbable sutures.
A dressing modeling the ears is performed at the end of the procedure.
What to expect after surgery
The otoplasty is a little painful procedure (pains in particular the first night). Pains are soothed by analgesics.
Ecchymosis (bruises) and oedema in the ears (swelling) are classical and depend from one patient to another, gradually diminishing within ten days.
The shower and the shampoo with a soft soap are possible the day following the procedure, after the removal of the dressing.
The wearing of a head bandage is recommended during 1 month in order to avoid a trauma in the ear region.
The progressive resumption of daily activities is possible the day following the procedure.
The resumption of school or professional activities can be done within a few days after the procedure.
The resumption of sports activities is authorized within 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure
The complications of an otoplasty are weak.
Main risks are the following:
- A haematoma.
- An infection (chondritis).
- A prominent ear recurrence (by breakdown of suture line), which may require a revision surgery.
- An asymmetry between the two ears.
- A pathological scarring (hypertrophic scarring or keloids), more frequent on dark skins, among the teenagers and in case of active smoking.
The final result of a classical otoplasty is obtained after 6 months, and is stable and long-lasting.
The definitive aspect of your scars is not predictable and will be known at the end of the scarring maturation (1 year after the procedure).
The classical otoplasty is a reliable procedure generating a high degree of satisfaction to the patients who suffer from their sticking-out ears.