This operation concerns patients whose main aesthetic deformity regards size, shape and distance of the ears from the hair line. In medical terminology they are referred to as protruding ears.
It is a congenital aesthetic deformity in which a part of the ear does not grow normally, while some other parts may grow excessively, (concha) so that the ear cannot have a normal shape, size, and distance from the hair line.
It is a procedure that permanently fixes the problem of the specific aesthetic deformity.
Candidates for otoplasty are patients with:
The appropriate age for otoplasty surgery is before the beginning of school. At the age of 5-6 the development of the ear is complete. A surgery at that age fixes the problem permanently, relieving the child from major psychological problems.
During your visit to Dr Kretsis he will be fully informed about the cause and the extent of the problem.
Through a personalized approach, Dr Kretsis will suggest the best surgical method for a natural and permanent result.
Through photographic material you will be informed of the reasons of the problem and you will leave Dr Kretsis’ s office having solved all your queries and settled on what should be done in order of you or your child to finally solve once and for all the problem of protruding ears.
The surgery is usually performed by a combination of neuroleptic anesthesia (sedation) and local anesthesia.
Through a small incision in the back of the ear the anatomical abnormality is being corrected providing a beautiful, natural and permanent result.
Smoking cessation is recommended as well as cessation of any drug treatment that can affect blood clotting, such as aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and supplements.
Also detailed a hematological, radiological, cardiological test is performed before surgery.
The operation is performed in the qualified Metropolitan Hospital. The surgery is performed by a combination of neuroleptic anesthesia (sedation) and local anesthesia. After the surgery, the patient is discharged after 2-3 hours with specific post-operative instructions.
The patient after the exit of the hospital wears an elastic band around the ears. This prevents any accidental injury to the ear area.
The patient can bathe and return to his daily routine from the very next day. There is a slight swelling which subsides gradually after 10-15 days as well as a hypoesthesia (numbness) in the ears for 20-30 days.
The patient can return to work after 2-3 days and to full activity (fitness, swimming) after 20 to 25 days.
Sutures are not removed as they drop on their own.
The patient wears daily a special ribbon for 5-6 days and then for 15-20 days only during sleeping time.
Complications of otoplasty are of a quite low risk when the specific operation is performed correctly by an experienced plastic surgeon.
These can be:
Dr Kretsis after a detailed and personalized approach provides you with a natural and permanent result without complications giving you the shape and size of the ears of your dreams.
Before and After | Otoplasty