Otoplasty - Ear Correction Surgery Basics
Posted: May 13, 2016
Did you know that Otoplasty or ear correction surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the west? In 2010, almost 30,000 ear correction procedures were performed in the US. In the UK, Otoplasty ranked 10th on the list of the most popular surgical procedures of 2013, seeing an increase of 14% from the previous year.
One of the most common reasons why people seek Otoplasty is because they are conscious of the appearance of their ears. Some people feel awkward because their ears stick out too much, for example. Some people have lopsided ears, making it hard to wear glasses. Other patients also seek Otoplasty because of misshapen ears due to birth defects or injury.
Ear correction surgery is fairly simple, but must not be taken lightly. After all, it is still a surgical procedure. Contact a cosmetic surgeon to find out if you are a good candidate for Otoplasty. For starters, you shouldn’t be a smoker as this can be a hindrance during recovery. General anaesthesia may be needed, depending on the gravity of your condition. You will need to take time off work and pay special attention to your ears, especially when you are sleeping.
Split earlobe repair is another type of ear procedure that is growing in popularity, especially with women who tend to wear heavy earrings. The weight of the earrings can cause the holes of the ears get stretched and split over time. Split earlobes can also occur if dangling earrings are suddenly pulled or ripped from the ears. Unlike regular Otoplasty, split ear repair only needs local anaesthesia.
Whether you are looking to get ear correction or earlobe repair surgery, it’s best to contact a highly experienced and qualified plastic surgeon. You will need to stay at least a day at the hospital after your surgery.
Worried about costs? Don’t be. Some of the best cosmetic surgery clinics in the UK offer Otoplasty packages and other forms of ear correction surgery. The package already includes the price of the procedure along with the pre- and post-consultations. Remember that after your cosmetic procedure, you will be required to visit your surgeon several times.
Be sure to choose a well-appointed clinic with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. The surgeon might only be there for the consultation and the actual surgical procedure, and post-care will usually be handled by the staff.
Elite Surgical is a leading healthcare provider of both cosmetic surgical and non-surgical treatments with clinics in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Liverpool and Yorkshire.