Ask Dr John: Otoplasty FAQs

Is it safe?

“It’s actually very safe!”

Does it provide long lasting results?

“It does. However, otoplasties can sometimes be difficult, and over time, your ears may not stay exactly where you put them. The reason for this is that the cartilage has a tendency to ‘bounce back’.

However, by using specific techniques, you can get a great result. And because ears and noses grow forever, they will at least grow in the trajectory that they’re placed in, so they should mostly stay in their new position.”

How long does the procedure take? 

“The procedure itself takes about 30 minutes to an hour maximum – it depends on how much work has to be done.”

Can an otoplasty be done under local anaesthesia?

“Yes, I only do it under local anaesthesia.”

What happens during ear correction surgery?

“First of all, we measure the ears – I like to give a patient a mirror and put the control in their hands. That way they’re able to visualise their desired results.

Once the location incisions are marked, we remove the skin and take out the necessary cartilage and put in some sutures to anchor the new shape of the ears down.”

Is there much bruising?

 “Actually, no. Any bruising is just at the back of the ear, so it won’t be seen at all – in some cases there is little bit at the front, but this goes away pretty soon.”

How do I know that an otoplasty is right for me?

“Only you know if it’s right for you! If you feel that your ears are a problem for you and they cause you discomfort or anxiety, then it’s definitely right for you.”

Can I exercise after the procedure?

“You can resume exercising 2 weeks after the procedure. Start off with light exercise, and get to the heavier exercise after a month.

When can I see the results?

“The results are immediate, although over time, there will be a little bit of laxity.”

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