The aesthetic surgery of the ears, or otoplasty, performed by the plastic surgery clinic of Dr. Pedro Terán and Dr. Francesca Zavalloni in Burgos, is an intervention in which the deformities of the ear are solved; these can be very varied from the total absence of the ear to simply a very noticeable projection of the same, or other pathologies such as ear loops.
It consists of changing the shape and position of the ear, modeling the cartilage inside, usually making incisions in the back of the ear, to leave the scar in one place. Otoplasty can correct:
- Correcting the position of the ears.
- Increase the size of the ears.
- Decrease the size of the ears.
- Modify the structure of the cartilage.
The most frequently performed surgery on the ears is the one that corrects the "protruding ears". It is an intervention frequently requested by adolescents and even children, because of the psychological and social problems that this deformity entails.
Depending on the age of the patient to be treated, the procedure can be performed under general or local anesthesia. The incision is usually made behind the ear, leaving a practically invisible scar. From this incision the ear cartilage is reshaped, making it fold in the right places and removing an ellipse of skin, which is sutured.
A bandage is placed to shape the ears so that they heal in the correct position. Once removed (after a week) the stitches are removed and an elastic bandage is placed for two weeks to prevent the ears from folding forward during sleep.
The result of the operation is permanent. Retouching is rarely necessary and complications, whether skin or cartilage, are exceptional.