OTOPLASTY (PINNAPLASTY OR EAR CORRECTION SURGERY)
The outer part of the ear is called the auricle. This is formed by numerous folds of the
cartilage which determines its peculiar shape.
The position of the ear relatively too far fromto the head is most common malformation of the
ear . Most often it is due to the simultaneous presence of two anatomical alterations, which
can also occur in isolation.
It is an excess of the cartilage of the concha (the basin) , the central part of the auricle and / or
the insufficient folding of the antehelix, one of the cartilaginous folds of the ear.
The minimum age to undergo this type of surgery is 8 years, when the entire auricle certainly
reached its full development.
The operation is normally performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation, or for
less collaborating patients under general anesthesia.
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
inadvertent 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
After an otoplasty it is good to wear this band for a month to avoid accidental trauma.
A moderate amount of swelling and numbnessa 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.
Incision: behind the ear
Surgery time: 1 hour
Length of Stay: Day case
Time off work: 1-2 weeks