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Otoplasty
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Otoplasty is a procedure in which prominent external ears (sticking out, or too big) are corrected. Both auricles (external ears) are rarely perfectly symmetrical, but sometimes the asymmetry is very evident. Under local anaesthetic (sometimes with medical sedation), a curved concave-convex incision is made in the skin on the back of the ear. The skin is loosened from the cartilage framework both behind and in front of it (a small incision is made in the cartilage itself). The cartilage is then shaped with non-absorbable suture stitches and, sometimes, part of it is removed. In severe cases of prominent ears, the concha (the part of the ear closest to the auditory canal) is anchored to the mastoid bone with sutures to guarantee better adhesion of the auricle to the cranium. The skin incision is then sutured. The result is permanent.

TYPE OF TREATMENT
Surgical procedure
INFORMED CONSENT REQUIRED
Yes
LENGTH OF EACH TREATMENT
1 – 1,30 hours
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS
1
TIME BETWEEN TREATMENTS
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TYPE OF ANAESTHETIC
 Local (sometimes with medical sedation)
SIDE-EFFECTS (ALSO TEMPORARY)
Pain for several days, controllable with medication. Swelling for 2-3 weeks. Bruising (as though punched) at the site of the procedure for several days. Possible risks are haematoma (accumulation of blood that very rarely requires surgical drainage), and possible temporary alterations in skin sensitivity at the site of the procedure. Infections are very rare and can be cured with medication.
PRECAUTIONS AFTER TREATMENT
Bandages are removed several days after the procedure, and a supportive elastic headband must then be worn at night or when resting for at least 1 month.
PRECAUTIONS BEFORE TREATMENT
No anticoagulant or antiaggregant medications for at least 4 days before the procedure; stop smoking.