Although this surgery is done under general anaesthesia in a hospital; however, in adults, this procedure could be performed under local anaesthesia, proceeding with the following steps.
- As per otoplasty, the surgeon marks and makes incisions in the ears, typically at two points, one at the back ear and the other within the ear fold creases.
- Then the surgeon makes alterations to the cartilage or the lobular part by removing the excess skin or cartilage from the surgical site.
- On the other hand, the surgeon adds cartilage grafts and reshapes the lobular part if ear volume needs enhancement.
- Finally, the surgeon closes incisions with dissolvable sutures.
After surgery, wound dressings and a compression garment are placed on the area to immobilise the ears and promote healing. These will need critical care for seven days post-operatively.
The risks of elective surgery should always be considered before the procedure. Common concerns following surgery can include bleeding, asymmetry, delayed healing, and infection, although these are short-term risks and should subside as the ears begin the heal.
More uncommon complications can include sensitivity or numbness that can last several months and, in rare cases, can be permanent. Occasionally patients can experience thick or raised scarring, which may require further treatment.
Dr Adnan will be happy to discuss individual expectations, requirements, treatment plans, and post-operative courses at the time of your consultation.