Correction of protruding auricles
The ear correction is intended to improve the appearance of the ears. During this procedure, the auricles are directed accordingly and possibly also elements of the cartilage are modeled. It allows to reduce the size of the auricle and change its shape or angle of inclination to the head.
Before the procedure
Necessary conditions for this procedure are a good overall health condition and correct values of basic laboratory tests: bleeding time, morphology, coagulation indicators APTT and INR. Contraindications to the procedure include: anemia, vascular defects, uncontrolled hypertension, diabetes, sinusitis, pregnancy.
Course of the procedure
During the procedure, the angle of inclination between the pinna and the skull is reduced and restoration of the original anatomical shape is performed. From a cut behind the auricle, superfluous skin is removed, the cartilage is modeled with sutures and fastened in the chosen position. Sometimes you have to cut out part of the cartilage. The cartilage can not grow together again, so its parts are reconnected using sutures. The skin is closed with subtle seams. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia and the patient is allowed to leave the clinic after the procedure. Exceptions are children, who undergo surgery under general anesthesia and the patient has to stay in the clinic for the next few hours. The procedure takes about 60 minutes.
After the procedure you may be affected by pain, swelling, redness and sometimes minor bleeding from the wounds. You need oral painkillers. Postoperative sutures and bandages are removed on the tenth day after the procedure. For several weeks you should protect your ears from injury, overheating or freezing. After the procedure you will notice a sensation weakness in the area of the auricle. For at least two months you have to sleep with a headband, which should protect the ears from accidental injury.
The following complications may occur sporadically after the procedure: bleeding, infection, hypertrophic scar (may require treatment with steroids and in extreme cases, force further surgery).