Ear surgery or autoplasty
Ear surgery, also known as autoplasty, can change the appearance, shape or size of the ear. Defects in the structure of the ear that are present at birth or become apparent with growth can be corrected with autoplasty. This method can also treat ears that look out of place due to damage.
Autoplasty creates a more natural shape for the ear while maintaining the balance and fit of the ear and face. If prominent corners are bothering you or your child, you may have considered this surgery
First you are visited by a plastic surgeon. At your first visit, your plastic surgeon will likely ask you about your current and past medical history, especially any ear infections. Your doctor may also ask about any medications you are taking or have recently taken, as well as any surgeries you have had.
A physical examination is performed to determine treatment options. Your doctor will examine your corners to check their size, shape and symmetry. He or she may also take pictures of your ears for your medical record.
Discuss your expectations. Your doctor will probably ask you why you want to have an autoplasty and what results you expect after the operation.
If you are a good candidate for otoplasty, your doctor may advise you to prepare for your operation.
Food and medicine
You should probably avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding.
Cigarettes reduce blood flow to the skin and can slow down the healing process. If you smoke, your doctor will advise you to quit before surgery and during your recovery. You should also plan to have someone take you home after surgery and stay with you for the first night of recovery.
Before the operation
Autoplasty can be performed in a hospital or outpatient surgery center. Sometimes this is done with sedation and local anesthesia that numbs only part of your body. In other cases, general anesthesia - which anesthetizes you - may be given to you before surgery.
During the operation
Autoplasty techniques vary depending on the type of correction required. The specific technique chosen by your plastic surgeon will determine the location of the incisions and scars.
Your doctor may make incisions behind your ears or in the inner folds of your ears. After making the incision, the doctor removes the extra cartilage and skin. Then he puts them in the right position and fastens them with internal sutures. This surgery usually takes about two hours.
After autoplasty surgery, your ears are covered with a bandage for protection and support. You will probably feel a little uncomfortable and itchy. Take painkillers as recommended by your doctor. Contact your doctor immediately if you are taking painkillers and your discomfort increases.
Avoid lying on your side to avoid pressure on your ears. Also try not to touch the cuts or apply too much force to them. Wearing button-down shirts or shirts with loose collars is very suitable for this period.
A few days after the autoplasty surgery, your doctor will remove your bandages. Your ears will probably be swollen and red. You may need to use a loose headband for a few weeks to cover your ears at night. This will help you not to pull your ears forward while rolling in bed.
The stitches in your ears can be absorbing or pulling depending on the type of surgery, in which case you can ask your doctor.
Also consult your doctor about bathing, physical activity, etc.
After removing the bandage, you will notice an immediate change in the appearance of your ear. These changes are permanent. And after a few months and the disappearance of swelling and redness of the ears, the results become quite obvious.