Protruding ears can lead to self-consciousness, social anxiety, low self-esteem and poor adaptation to school. The ears can be pinned, reshaped, reduced in size, and made more symmetrical. Adults and children can benefit from this surgery. The ear surgery can be performed at any age, as long as the ears have reached full size, which is usually at age 5 or 6. Having the procedure at a young age is highly desirable in two aspects: the cartilage is extremely pliable, thereby permitting greater ease of shaping, and secondly the child will experience psychological benefits from the cosmetic improvement. Adult patients should understand that the firmer cartilage of fully developed ears does not provide the same molding capacity as children.
Instructions for Otoplasty Surgery: (with General Anesthesia)
- Nothing to eat or drink after midnight-may brush teeth.
- Take a shower and wash hair and face in the morning.
- Do not wear any make-up (includes mascara and eyeliner). Wash face with baby shampoo when arrive at surgery center to remove any residual eye make-up.
- Leave all jewelry at home. Cannot have any metal on your body, so please remove any body piercing.
- DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS.
- Clothing: Button-up shirt, sweat pants, socks, shoes (comfortable and easy to walk in).
- Bring pain medication with you. You will be numb after surgery and may not feel anything. However, the nurses will give you a pain pill prior to discharge to help keep pain level at a minimum.
- Soft Bland Diet: DO NOT EAT SPICY FOODS, drink plenty of fluids, and nutrition is very important.
- Start your antibiotics at dinnertime; IF NAUSEATED may start antibiotics the next day.
- Sleep with head elevated using a recliner or at least 3-4 pillows for a week.
- Apply ice compresses to for at least 15 minutes for a couple of days. Frequent application of ice compresses decreases swelling and bruising.
- Wrap/bandage may be tight and uncomfortable. It is removed the next day.
- Take pain medication, as you need it, do not try to brave the pain. You will be more comfortable if you keep your pain at a minimum.
Next 2-6 weeks
- You will return to the office the following day to have your head bandage removed and to make sure you do not have any postoperative complications.
- Ice ear region every hour for at least 15 minutes for 2 days.
- Keep incisions clean using a mild soap.
- Apply antibiotic ointment (ex: Neosporin) to incisions twice daily.
- Sleep with head elevated (4-5 pillows or recliner) for a week.
- Sutures will be removed in 2 weeks.
- No exercise, heavy lifting or bending over for 2 weeks.
- Avoid use of glasses or sunglasses for 2 weeks or until incisional area behind ears is completely healed.
- Wear TENNIS HEADBAND 24/7 for 1 week and then as much as possible for the next 4-6 weeks.