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A plastic surgery to correct defects / deformities of the outer ear ( pinna) like underdeveloped pinna (Microtia), absent pinna (Anotia), ear pinback (ears closer to the head), reduction of disproportionate ears by movement, augmentation of the cartilageous structures of pinna.Otoplastic Surgery (Ear Surgery) is performed under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia.The results of otoplasty are usually permanent.

Indications:

  • Cagot Ear – Ears without an earlobe. This defect is congenital in nature.
  • Cat’s Ear – Ears protrude away from the head.
  • Cauliflower Ear – Ear deformed by repeated trauma/ injury to the ear tissues.
  • Cleft Earlobe – A defect characterised by a notch to the fleshy portion of the earlobe.
  • Darwinian Ear – Rim cartilage of the conchal bowl of the ear is flat
  • Lop Ear – Protuberant ears characterised by defects of a too small helix and a too large central depression around the ear opening
  • Microtia – Severe underdevelopment or the absence of external ear. This defect is congenital in nature.
  • Question Mark Ear – A rare congenital defect, featuring a protruded external ear with a cleft between the earlobe and the outer cartilage border
  •  Scroll Ear – Outer edge of the ear curls forward, inward or headward. This defect is congenital in nature
  • Stahl’s Ear – Pointed ear featuring an anomalous folding of the skin and cartilage of the upper pinna thereby creating a pointed upper edge instead of the common rounded upper edge.

Risks:

Associated risks can be, cartilage infection, redness or numbness, clotting and sometimes recurrence of protrusion, which requires repeat surgery.

Recovery:

It is advisable to avoid sports and strenous activity, during initial two months of recovery.


 
 
 

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