EAR SURGERY (OTOPLASTY)
Otoplasty (augmentation of the auricles) is a method of plastic surgery aimed at changing the shape and size of the auricles, eliminating their deformation and asymmetry. The operation is performed on one or on both sinks, depending on the medical indications and the wishes of the patient.
The operation is performed under local anesthesia.
The surgical incision is made on the back of the auricle, then a skin area is freed and the formation of the cartilage of the auricle is performed by various methods. Formed cartilage tissue is attracted and fixed with absorbable sutures. Then comes the suturing of the skin behind the auricle. The operation ends with a general bandage on the head.
Possible complications after the procedure:
Complications rarely occur after otoplasty. Their appearance is possible due to the individual characteristics of the body or non-compliance with the rules of behavior during rehabilitation.
Complications are divided into two large groups according to the time of their likely occurrence:
Pain and discomfort
Loss of sensation and swelling
The appearance of infection
Scars - appear due to the individual characteristics of the body or excessive tension of the suture threads
How is the rehabilitation going?
During the first three to four days after surgery, mild pain in the ears remains, especially in adult patients. If the pain gradually intensifies, the face swells or the temperature rises above 38 degrees, it is necessary to come for examination to the operated surgeon.
The decreased sensitivity of the auricles may last several weeks. Therefore, it is necessary to protect your ears from the cold (in winter), and within 3 to 4 weeks after the operation, it is recommended to avoid places with an increased risk of infection (bathing in public pools, and visiting public baths, saunas, etc.).
After removing the stitches for 10-14 days, you can return to normal life, sports are allowed after 3 - 4 weeks. The data described is the result of the usual course of the postoperative period, the recovery is individual and depends on the ability of the body of each individual person to heal.
During the first week do not touch your ears, wear a special bandage
Do not wet the seams, do not peel them yourself
In the first 3 days you can’t wash your hair, then during the week you can use only water, and later - for a month - baby shampoo
Avoid direct sunlight, do not go to the solarium
Do not use some water procedures: bath, bath, sauna
Do not swim in the pool or other body of water
Do not play sports, especially contact
Do not exercise
Exclude alcohol, do not smoke