Ear Correction

A wide variety of cosmetic surgery procedures exist to target various parts of the body. Ear correction surgery, also known as otoplasty or ear reshaping, is a common procedure that aims to change the size, position, proportion, or other aesthetic properties of the ears. As everyone’s ears are different, the outcome of ear reshaping surgery can vary considerably depending on the desired changes and the specific ears themselves, but the procedures involved are generally considered to have a high success rate. These procedures can improve self-confidence in those who have problems with the way their ears currently look, and can be especially beneficial for children and teenagers.

There are a number of different approaches that are taken with regard to ear correction surgery depending on the characteristics of the ears themselves. In the case of ears that stick out too far, ear pinning procedures can help to flatten the ears against the head, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. If one ear is positioned higher than the other, one or both of the ears can be repositioned in order to promote symmetry. Ears that are too large can be treated alone, or may need to be treated in conjunction with other ear-related issues.

There are many reasons for a potential recipient of cosmetic surgery to consider ear correction surgery. These might include some of the following:

  • Ears that are either overly large or too small
  • Ears that are out of proportion with the head, or are oddly placed in relation to other facial features or the shape of the head in general
  • Ears that stick out too prominently or are overly noticeable
  • Having received an injury that has altered the appearance of your ears in a way that is undesirable
  • Most cosmetic surgeons generally prefer to perform ear correction surgeries during childhood (assuming an aesthetic issue is noticeable), usually from the age of six. In children, the ear cartilage is softer than in adults, allowing for the shape of the ears to be moulded during surgery using splints, and with a minimum of damage to surrounding tissue. In adults, more cutting and repositioning of the harder cartilage is necessary in order to reshape the ear effectively. Depending on the changes that are necessary, cartilage may need to be removed, reshaped recontoured, or permanently sutured in order to achieve the desired result. A combination of these techniques is most often used.

    Ear correction surgery procedures are mostly performed under general anaesthetic, with very little needed in the way of postoperative care or recovery time. Although the location of incisions (and subsequent scarring) is dependent on the specficial changes that need to be made, most surgeons make an effort to hide these in inconspicuous locations, such as behind the ear where it attaches to the head, or in the inner folds of the ear.

    Cape Town, South Africa is home to some of the best cosmetic surgeons and facilities in the world, all available at a fraction of the price that similar procedures cost overseas. It is for this reason that Cape Town is one of the world’s most popular destinations for medical tourism worldwide.

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