Otoplasty or Ear shaping surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure which reshapes the patient’s ears to make them proportionate, symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing.
An Otoplasty, informs Dr Harish Ghildiyal is recommended to combat the medical condition of Macrotia (overly large ears), or protruding ears (one or both ears in different degrees) or Microtia ( poorly developed ears) or general dissatisfaction with the shape or looks of one’s ears.
Dr Harish Ghildiyal specialises in reshaping the patient’s ears in such a way that they look completely natural and ﬁt in perfectly with the patient’s facial structure.
Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Otoplasty?
Celebre Aesthetics, Surat lays down some fundamental criteria which can make a person an ideal candidate for an Otoplasty. Even though this is a simple, cosmetic surgery, Dr Siddharth Sakhiya prioritises patient safety and therefore does not accept candidates who do not ﬁt into the following list:
- An overall healthy individual with no life-threatening illnesses, or untreated chronic ear infections,
- The age of the candidate should be 5 years and above. Since the ear needs to be fully developed before this surgery.
- The candidate should be a non-smoker or ready to quit smoking for as long as the surgeon prescribes him to. (both before and after the surgery)
- An individual who is unhappy with the shape of his ears and has realistic expectations from the surgery.
Celebre Aesthetics, Surat would like to bring an important point to your notice here that the candidate could be either male or female since this surgery is gender-neutral.
What To Expect At The Consultation With Dr Harish Ghildiyal?
Dr Harish Ghildiayl one on one consultations are deep, detailed discussions where he asks the patient about their expectations, desires, goals, understands their medical history and explains the procedure and risks to them.
You will be asked about the problems you are facing due to the misshapen ears. The doctor will also ask you if you are facing any issues with your hearing due to the shape of your ears. Pictures of your ears will be taken from multiple angles as part of your case history.
Our consultations also involve noting down your medical history and any allergies that might affect the surgery. We end the consultation only after the patient and Dr Siddharth Sakhiya are on the same page and there are no doubts in the mind of the patient.
What To Expect Before The Otoplasty?
Since Otoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure there aren’t too many preparations necessary before the surgery from the patient’s perspective. Dr Harish Ghildiayl may ask you to undergo a couple of routine blood and urine tests in order to establish basic parameters for the surgery.
But other than that, no special preparation is required from the patient’s side.
How Is The Otoplasty Performed At Celebre Aesthetics?
The procedure for an otoplasty or ear reshaping surgery at Celebre Aesthetics, Surat begins with the patient being put under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with intravenous sedation. Dr Harish Ghildiayl ensures that the patient feels no discomfort or pain throughout the surgery.
The next step is making incisions. Dr Harish Ghildiayl, the Board-certiﬁed Plastic Surgeon, makes incisions based on his evaluation as to how much reshaping of the ears is necessary. Incisions may be made on the back of your ears (this reduces the visibility of the scars) or even inside the creases of the ears.
Once the incisions are made the excess cartilage and skin will be removed. Dr Ghildiayl will reshape the ears to be proportionate to the rest of the face and will ensure symmetry on both sides.
Finally once the cartilage is in a desirable position he will fasten it with internal stitches. After this, the incisions will closed with sutures.
Otoplasty at Celebre Aesthetics, Surat generally takes upto 2 hours.
What Is The Recovery Process For Otoplasty?
Once the procedure is complete Dr Harish Ghildiayl will monitor your vitals for a couple of hours. You will have to stay in the clinic till you are completely alert and your vitals are okay.
After the otoplasty your ears will be covered with bandages. This is necessary for them to heal properly. Over the next few days you will experience discomfort and pain. Please note that this pain and discomfort is minimal, so nothing you need to worry about. Dr Harish Ghildiayl will prescribe some pain medication for a few days till the discomfort subsides.
You will be advised not to sleep on your sides, so as to avoid any change in the position of the ears. In your ﬁrst follow-up visit after the surgery (typically a week after the surgery) the surgeon will remove the bandages and evaluate the ears. He will note the progress made and watch out for any abnormalities.
Your ears will remain slightly swollen and reddish for the next 2-3 weeks since they are in a process of healing. Dr Harish Ghildiayl will ask you to wear a headband which covers your ears for the next two to six weeks. This will stop your ears from being pushed forward when you roll in your sleep.
Apart from this, Otoplasty does not require any other special recovery measures. You may resume work after your ﬁrst follow up visit. But please follow all the instructions given by Dr Harish Ghildiayl to the T.
What Are The Risks Associated With Otoplasty?
Even though Otoplasty is a straightforward cosmetic surgery, it does have risks. It is vital that as a patient you are aware of the risks before you make the choice to undergo the surgery.
Following are the rare risks that may arise out of the surgery:
Problems due to the sutures
General dissatisfaction over the looks of the ears.
Dr Harish Ghildiayl ensures through his operating technique that these risks do not become a reality. Celebre Aesthetics is one of Surat’s most reputed Plastic Surgery practices. We perform our surgeries by prioritising the safety of the patient first more than anything else. Hence these risks rarely occur to our patients.
If you are wondering whether or not you are an ideal candidate for Otoplasty we invite you for a consultation with Dr Harish Ghildiayl of Celebre Aesthetics in Surat, where he will provide you with his expert guidance and clear all your doubts!
Frequently Asked Questions
What complications can develop after ear surgery?
It is uncommon for ear surgery patients to experience complications after their procedure. However, any surgery comes with risks that may include:
- Changes in sensation
How long does ear surgery take to complete?
Depending on the desired result or extent of correction necessary, ear surgery can last between one and three hours.
Is ear surgery permanent?
The effects of ear surgery are long lasting if they are not subjected to injury following the procedure.
Should I quit smoking before my ear surgery?
Yes, it is advisable to quit smoking before ear surgery to ensure the best results and recovery. Smoking and any tobacco use interferes with the healing process and increases the likelihood of experiencing complications.