Ear surgery (Ostoplasty)
Ostoplasty is the process of changing the size, shape, and the orientation at which the ears are laid in relation to the head. Ears that are disproportionately sized in relation to the other features and to the size of the head can look extremely awkward. Sometimes people have ears that extend to the far sides of the head and look flappy and unattractive. People normally try to cover these offending features with the help of their hairstyle, or accessories.
But now the option of ear surgery is a heaven-sent for those who suffer from complaints of ear size or angle. Small defects in the ear that were present since birth can also be corrected through this minor surgery. Size and shape of ear lobes, skin tags, misshapen lobes can be corrected through ostoplasty. Any balance or lack of symmetry between the ears can also be taken care of during this surgery.
Ear surgery can be used to address:
• Extremely large ears
• Flappy shape of ears
• Protruding shape of ears
• Injured shape of ears due to accidents
Like all surgical correction, ostoplasty is begun by using anaesthesia. It can be done under regional or general anaesthesia, and the recommendation can be made by the plastic surgeon, depending on the extent of the patient’s requirement.
The actual surgery requires incisions to be made to the inside rim of the ear. Through this incision, the conchal cartilage of the ear can be reduced. Incisions are tucked away behind the back surface of the ear, or within the folds of the front. Cartilage is then trimmed to change the shape of the ear’s exterior appearance. The incision is then closed with stitches. To support the new shape, dressing is done in the first few days. After it is removed, the effect of the surgery is seen. Most of the stitches are hidden from direct view by keeping them close to the natural creases of the ear. Protruding ears that are corrected lie closer to the head now, so the incisions are well hidden. Surgical scars are also hidden carefully from sight. Once the ears have healed from the incision, supportive dressing is no longer necessary.