OTOPLASTY EAR CORRECTION SURGERY IN LONDON

Mr Dario Rochira is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over 15 years experience and practising in Harley Street in London.  He is experienced in and regularly performs operations to to correct the appearance of the ears of his patients.

WHAT IS OTOPLASTY?  

Ear Correction Surgery (otoplasty) is surgery to correct or enhance the appearance of either a single ear, or both ears.

The outer part of the ear is called the auricle and it is formed by numerous folds of the
cartilage which determines its peculiar shape.

The position of the ear relatively too far from the head, is the most common malformation of the
ear.  Often it is due to the simultaneous presence of two anatomical alterations, which
can also occur in isolation.  It may be caused by an excess of the cartilage of the concha (the basin) in the central part of the auricle and / or it may be caused by insufficient folding of the antehelix, one of the cartilaginous folds of the ear.

THE SURGERY

The minimum age to undergo this type of surgery is 8 years, when the entire auricle has
reached its full development. The operation is normally performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation, and in some cases, under general anaesthesia.

AFTER THE SURGERY

Generally this is not a painful procedure, the patients feel more than anything else a
discomfort due to the stitches and the presence of the compressive band for about 3 days.
The surgery leaves a linear scar well hidden in the fold behind the ear and will be practically
invisible after about a year from the surgery.
The stitches are removed after 14 days and for this period it is advisable to refrain from
physical activity and from sources of infections. The patient must wear a tennis-type elastic
band.

After an otoplasty it is good to wear this band for a month to avoid accidental trauma.
A moderate amount of swelling and numbness is common for several months.
The result is permanent and will be visible immediately after the surgery, however the
bruising and the swelling masks the final result for several months. A minimal asymmetry in
the opening of the auricles after an otoplasty surgery is possible and considered normal.

To make an appointment to see Mr Rochira or to learn more about otoplasty ear correction surgery with him, please send an email to info@dariorochira.co.uk or telephone his secretary on 07738 233604.

Incision: behind the ear
Surgery time: 1 hour
Length of Stay: Day case
Time off work: 1-2 weeks