Ear Reshaping Surgery Abroad
Ear reshaping surgery is used to correct all types of ear deformities, including congenital defects and protruding ears. Deformities are typically unique and ear shaping requires a careful analysis of each individual ear, with the exception of protruding ears. It can be challenging to make a natural-looking ear.
Ear reshaping usually takes between 2 and 4 hours, and is an outpatient procedure using either general or local anesthesia, depending on the individual case. Typically, a small incision is made at the back of the ear to expose the cartilage so it can be sculpted. Stitches might be added to help maintain the new shape while the ear heals.
Some conditions may require that a bit of the cartilage is removed. It’s unlikely that the ears will be perfectly matched, as is the case with natural ears. The scar at the back of the ear will fade in time.
Patients are usually up and about within hours of ear reshaping surgery, although if general anesthesia is used, they may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. The patient’s head will be wrapped in a bandage to promote healing and the ears may ache for a few days.
Afterwards, the bandages will be replaced with something lighter and the stitches can be removed or will dissolve in a week or so. Activities that might bend or injure the ears should be avoided for a month; however, it’s okay to go back to work in a week.