Ear surgery – Otoplasty

Ear surgery or otoplasty serves for improving the shape, the position and correction of the size of the ears. This is the only cosmetic surgery that is preferred to be done in young age, before a child goes to school. Otoplasty creates a more natural shape while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. If protruding or disfigured ears bother you or your child, you may consider plastic surgery.

Why should I do it?

Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self- esteem. The conditions treated are:

  • Overly large ears – a condition called macrotia
  • Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees – not associated with hearing loss
  • Adult dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery

Whatever your reasons for considering eyelid surgery you should talk about it with your surgeon. It is important to hear his opinion and if he tells you that you don’t need to undergo surgery you should take some time and think about his arguments.

Who are the perfect candidates for this procedure?

The perfect candidates for this procedure are motivated patients, who are well informed and who have realistic aesthetics expectations. This procedure can improve your image but first you should be informed of all possible risks and complications as well as trust the opinion of your surgeon.

How should I prepare for the surgery?

During your appointment you would be given all necessary instructions for your preparation for the operation. All needed exams will be scheduled. The date for your surgery will be scheduled according the menstruation period. It is very important for you to strictly follow the given instructions and to inform your surgeon about all drugs and food supplements that you take. Although the usual recovery time is shorter you are advised to plan 14 days before going back to work.

How long is the operation?

Usually the operation can take up to 1 hour, according to the used method. This time should be only for orientation since it can vary according to the severity of the case and the used methods.

Are there risks?

Any surgical procedure hides risks. Those risk may be from general, found in all surgical manipulations to specific for your case and the type of your operation. During your consultation dr. Lafchis will explain you in detail all the risks. You will find a list of them in the inform consent you will be asked to sign before the operation. How long does the recovery take? The recovery usually takes 7-10 days and after that you can go back to your everyday life.

Under what anesthesia is the operation done?

Usually local anesthesia is applied. For young patients dr. Lafchis suggests local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.

When is the best time for surgery?

Dr. Lafchis advices to undergo aesthetic surgery during the winter and avoid the hot weather.

Can I combine this operation with other procedures?

Ear surgery can be combined with many other procedures. You can discuss this option with Dr. Lafchis as he will explain in detail everything about the opportunity to combine procedures. After the discussion you will be informed about the type of anesthesia and all risks.