Surgery Procedures

Ear Surgery – Otoplasty

Ear-Surgery

WHAT DOES IT TRY TO ACCOMPLISH

Makes ears which stick out and cause embarrassment lie closer to the side of the head

HOW IS IT DONE

Incision on the back of the ear flap, then the “spring” of the gristle of the ear is weakened and it is formed into a new, flatter shape.

HOW LONG DOES THE OPERATION TAKE

About 1 hour.

HOW LONG IS THE STAY IN THE CLINIC

Can be day case or 1 night

TYPE OF STITCHES

Dissolvable

TYPE OF DRESSING

Padded bandage for 7 days, thereafter a bandage or elasticated headband needs to worn over ears at night only for 6 to 8 weeks.

BRUISING

The ears will be quite bruised for about 10 days

SWELLING

Usually confined to the ears only.

PAIN

None immediately after the operation, but the ears are likely to be painful and tender for about 2 weeks.

WHERE ARE THE SCARS AND HOW BAD ARE THEY

Insignificant scars in the fold behind the ears

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER

10 days or so

WHEN IS THE FINAL RESULT SEEN

About 2 months.

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST

Permanent

COMMON COMPLICATIONS

Early: Occasionally bleeding occurs post-operatively. Usually controlled by replacing the padded bandage. Sometimes numbness of the ear for a few weeks.
Late: Sometimes the previous problem recurs; the ears come out again. In this case the operation can be easily repeated.

Your surgeon must be properly qualified to do the operation and he will advise you what can and what cannot be achieved in your case. Do take that advice.
Dr. Mirza Shehab Afzal Beg is a British trained plastic surgeon possessing the highest qualification of Plastic surgery in UK i.e. FRCS (Plast) which no other surgeon currently practicing in Pakistan has. He has also worked as a Consultant in Plastic Surgery in UK. On his return from UK he is based at Liaquat National Hospital and is also a honorary consultant at Aga Khan Hospital. He has his cosmetic surgery and hair transplant set up at Clifton, Karachi.

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