Ear Correction FAQ
What you will be told at a consultation?
When go in for a consultation for ear correction this will accomplish several things. You will undergo a check of your medical history and also a physical examination to determin your health status. If it is found that you are currently a smoker the surgeon will ask you to stop this.
What smoking does is it constricts the blood vessels which will also decrease blood flow to the area of operation which can hinder the healing process. You will also have to avoid taking other drugs such as certain anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin and various other types of medication.
If you have had ear surgery in the past, this will also be noted down aswell. Often times the surgeon may notice that only one of your ears is protruding or prominent. In this case it is still important to achieve a balanced look so the surgeon will choose to operate on both ears for this matter.
There are different kinds of ear prominence so the surgeon will decide what procedure is most appropriate for your condition. Ear surgery no only improves the shape and prominence of your ears, but can also be used to improve split earlobes. The surgery can further be utilised to improve large, stretched or even split earlobes. You will have the opportunity to discuss this with your surgeon.
What happens during the operation?
On of the main things that your surgeon will aim to do is reduce how much your ears protrude. At the same time it is important to make sure your ears still look acceptable from the side view. Your surgeon will achieve this by changing how flexible the cartilage beneath the skin which will alter the shape and position for a better appearance. You will put under local anaesthesia, but can also be placed under a general anaesthetic. In normal circumstances it should normally take about 45 minutes for the surgery to be completed.
An incision of about 4-5cm will be made in the groove just behind your ears so in essence any surface scars will not be visible. It is also likely that incisions will need to be made on the front surface of your ears. these incisions should not stand out at all as they will mostly be made in the natural creases of your ear.
When your ears have been corrected and a shape and position that you are proud of is achieved, you incisions will be sutured and then your ears will padded with cotton wool and a bandage will be applied.
What happens after the operation?
Your ears will feel a bit sore for the first couple of days after your surgery but you can take painkillers to relieve the pain. You will still have a head bandage in place that is quite big. The reason for this big head bandage is to maintain your new ear shape and position while your ears are healing. The head bandage will also help to reduce any discomfort or swelling. This in turn will allow you to sleep better at night. You will continue to wear this bandage for 6 weeks approximately which will continue to hold your ears back and prevent discomfort as you turn in your sleep.
Are there any effects of ear surgery?
There will be allot of bruising and swelling when you remove the bandage but do not panic. In fact the bruising and swelling can be quite significant indeed, but again, do not panic! All of this should begin to fade and disappear within 3 weeks. Numb ears are also likely to be an effect you experience after surgery but this is quite common. You may also experience a throbbing sensation in your ears. This is especially true when you are in cold weather. All in all these symptoms will all go. Despite all these effects, you will still notice the massive difference in prominence of your ears. Try to avoid playing any contact sports like such as football, rugby, basketball,boxing etc for at least a minimum of 3 months after your ear surgery. Remember during this period of time your ears are still very sensitive and can easily be damaged by any injury.
Every surgical procedure will always carry some potential of risk. This is a fact and you shouldn’t let any surgeon tell you that risks are at 0%. While risks can be extremely minimal in most cases, they can never be at 0% risk. With that being said with most qualified surgeons complications are very minimal. It is important to not that while one person may heal at one rate, another, may heal at a different rate than the first. Your genetics, physical reactions and healing abilities will play a part in this.
Some patients will experience mild infections that occur around the stitches. This will usually begin to resolve itself rather quickly, usually in less than 2-3 weeks. You may also find that wound behind your ears open up a little. To remedy this you will need to put dressing on the wound and it will begin to heal faster.
The final appearance of any scar is impossible to predict. Thankfully in most cases of prominent ear correction the scar is hidden behind the ear. Nevertheless you should always expect these to appear red raised and lumpy in the first few months after surgery. After this time however these usually soften and fade. In rare cases the development of permanent, hard, thick scar tissue (keloid scars) can occur.
So you may be wondering how you scar will look after it has healed? This is quite impossible to predict. As suggested previously most scars are hidden behind the ears. Although these scars are behind your ears you should still be aware that they will appear to be red, raised and lumpy. In very rare cases if not treated properly these can develop to become permanent thick and hard scar tissue. This is also known as a keloid.
What about bleeding? occasionally a small blood vessel can leak after your operation. In most cases this will quickly cease, however if this persists you may require some drainage.
Your operation will not affect your hearing abilities so do not worry about this.
To reduce any risk follow your surgeons instructions. If you feel you need further assistance give your surgeon a call for further appointments or advice. After all you paid good money for this.
When will I get back to normal?
The majority of adults that undergo this procedure can return to work soon after the bandages are removed. Children can also return to school after this time. In this case however, it would make sense to ask the child teach to overlook the child during the school day.
Ear surgery can dramatically improve the look of your ears and also the overall aesthetic look of your face. The procedures are wildly successful when performed correctly by qualified experienced surgeons. The surgery can also significantly boost your confidence as you will now feel more comfortable with the way they look which means you wont be worrying about them!