Otoplasty (Bat Ear Correction)
Otoplasty, or bat ear correction as it is most commonly called, is a type of plastic surgery procedure that aims to bring protruding eats closer the head. This common procedure is used for both adults and children who are over the age of five years old. Protruding ears can be difficult to conceal, especially for those with shorter hair and often a surgical procedure can provide a relatively quick solution.
The procedure to correct protruding ears is often performed using a local anesthetic with a sedative for adults and general anesthesia for children. Usually, the procedure should take around an hour and a half to complete. Once completed, the patient should be able to leave the hospital on the same day. Of course, this will vary from person to person.
To begin with, a small incision similar to the shape of a football is made in the crease behind the patient’s ear. A small portion of the skin is then removed in order to expose the cartilage underneath. It is here that the helix and anti-helix – the folds of the ear – are adjusted.
A common technique used by surgeons in this correction is to use sutures to hold the cartilage in place. The aim is to get the top of the ear closer to your head. In order to suture the cartilage in its new position, a portion of it needs to be weakened. This is done by making small incisions. Once the whole of the ear is positioned closer to the head, the incision can be closed and dressing applied.
After the surgery
A few days after the surgery, lighter dressings will be applied. Within a week the stitches can be removed. Both adults and children can resume daily activities relatively quickly, as long as they are not partaking in activities that negatively affect the ears or cause them to become bent.
Please note that each procedure will vary depending on the individual patient’s features and the information provided should be treated as a guide only.
While there a very limited risks associated with this procedure, any surgery is open to complications. These can include:
- Infection in the cartilage
- Sutures can become loose, which returns the ears to their previous position
- Hematoma – localised swelling from accumulated blood
- Keloid – thick scars
- Overcorrection – ears are left sitting too close to the head
Why choose Integral?
Here at Integral Medical Solutions, we make it easy to organise medical procedures in Thailand. As we are partnered with Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, we can help our clients gain access to state-of-the-art healthcare facilities without the excessive cost and wait times that you could expect in Australia. By contacting our team, the organisation process is taken care of for you as we make all of the arrangements necessary (not including flights) for your procedure.
With Integral, you have the benefit of pre and post operation consultations here in Australia and staff that are there to assist you throughout the entire process from start to finish. Aimed at providing convenience, we are happy to take care of extra services, such as helping you with accommodation plans, thanks to our partnership with Dusit Thani Pattaya.
For more information on how Integral can assist you in receiving an otoplasty, or any of our services including liposuction, tummy tuck and orthopedic surgery in Thailand, please get in touch with us today.