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Otoplasty

Ear surgery can bring the gift of symmetrical, well-shaped and well-proportioned ears to both children and adults.

These are features that most people take for granted, but if your ears are out of proportion or deformed they can become prominent, and this can harm confidence and quality of life.

Restore shape, balance and proportion to your ears

Otoplasty Specialist Cosmetic Surgery

If you or your child are suffering from an ear deformity such as Stahl’s, Telephone, Shell, Lop, or Cupped ear it can be relatively easily corrected by otoplasty surgery, which restores a normal shape and proportion to the ear, especially reducing the prominence of larger ears.

Often the condition is present from birth and is associated with congenital conditions.

For a child growing up with these problems it can result in hearing impairment; but just as seriously it can harm his or her confidence in socialising and living a full life, due to damaged self-esteem.

Being able to help reverse this drives Dr. Beldholm on to perfect his surgical art. He possesses the expertise and finesse to resculpt the ears with natural-looking symmetry and balance, combining this with fastidious concern for best practices and complete patient comfort and satisfaction.

“It is so rewarding to see the immediate positive results of otoplasty surgery. In the follow-up appointments we meet children who are less self-conscious and more confident as a direct result of our work. And that fills us with pride.”

Dr. Bernard Beldholm, Principal Surgeon

Is otoplasty right for you?

With oversized or deformed ears being such a prominent feature of the face it can be hard to accept for most people. Fortunately ear surgery is a commonly-performed surgical procedure with high satisfaction rates.

Most ear surgery is performed on children aged 7 to 14, when the cartilage in the ear is softer and more pliable, making surgery easier and less invasive. However, adults also regularly request these procedures.

For both children and adults, otoplasty will improve the appearance of the ears and restore balance and proportion to the facial area.

Your surgery

Ear surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic, at a fully accredited private hospital.  

There are over one hundred different otoplasty techniques, so it is difficult to generalise. Your options will be discussed in full at your consultation.

While surgery can correct stretched or creased earlobes and other deformities, the most common procedure corrects overgrowth of the concha, which is the central part of the ear.

Dr. Beldholm employs techniques that reshape the ear by both resecting excess cartilage and using sutures to fold back the ear. Generally a natural-looking result is achieved with a small incision behind the ear, which hides the scar well.

In more mature patients, the cartilage is stiffer and may require scoring in front in addition to the standard suture techniques.

An older otoplasty technique, where the skin is pulled off the cartilage and the anterior side of the ear is scored and the cartilage is folded back, can produce unpredictable results and the scoring may sometimes be visible.

Where will your surgery be performed?

Your surgery will be performed under general anaesthetic, in either of the following modern, private, accredited hospitals:

Your post operative care and recovery

Recovery times from ear surgery will vary from individual to individual and depend on the extent of your procedure.

You are usually able to return home on the same day as surgery, following a post-operative check by Dr. Beldholm.

A fitted head compression garment may need to be worn for 1-2  weeks and patients should refrain from sports and any strenuous activity until the surgeon advises otherwise. You can usually return to non-manual work within a week of surgery.

Swelling will disappear over time and even the faint scar on the back of the ear will gradually become imperceptible over the first year or so.

Is otoplasty safe?

There is an element of risk with any surgical procedure, but you will only undergo surgery after it has been determined that it is safe for you to do so and that the results will reasonably match your expectations.

Patients rarely report any problems. Having performed ear surgery on over one hundred individuals in the past decade, minimising risks is an important characteristic of the care that Dr. Beldholm and his team provide.

Fewer than 3% of patients experience the most common complication, which is superficial wound infection that is easily treated with antibiotics.

Specific complications relating to otoplasty surgery may include:

  • Swelling and discoloration of the ears, which can persist for several days.
  • Numbness of the ears, which may persist for an indefinite period of time or become permanent.
  • Excessive bleeding or bruising.
  • Wound disruption or delayed wound healing. Some areas of the ear may heal abnormally or slowly. Frequent dressing changes or further surgery may be required to remove the non-healed tissue.
  • Infections – either superficial or deep.The infection rate for otoplasty surgery is about 1%.
  • The scars behind the ears may thicken and require secondary surgery.
 

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