What is an OtoplastyOtoplasty, also known as Ear Surgery, can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear.

Otoplasty can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth that becomes apparent with development or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury. 

Ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem.

If protruding or disfigured ears bother you or your child, you may consider plastic surgery.

Specifically ear surgery can treat:

  • Overly large ears — a rare condition called macrotia
  • Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees — not associated with hearing loss
  • Adult dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery

Preparation before surgery: Review your medical history, and be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions, especially any ear infections. Talk about any medications you're taking or have taken recently, as well as any surgeries you've had. Do a physical exam. To determine your treatment options, the doctor will examine your ears - including their placement, size, shape and symmetry. The doctor might also take pictures of your ears for your medical record. Discuss your expectations. Explain why you want otoplasty and what you're hoping for in terms of appearance after the procedure. Make sure you understand the risks, such as possible overcorrection. Before otoplasty you might also need to: Stop smoking. Smoking decreases blood flow in the skin and can slow the healing process. If you smoke, your doctor will recommend that you stop smoking before surgery and during recovery. Avoid certain medications. You'll likely need to avoid Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding. Arrange for help during recovery. Make plans for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first night of your recovery. Otoplasty can be done in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. Sometimes the procedure is done with sedation and local anesthesia, which numbs only part of your body. In other cases, general anesthesia - which renders you unconscious - is recommended.

Estimated Recovery Time: 1 week

Estimated Hospital Stay: No hospitalization necessary

What to do after surgery: After otoplasty, your ears will be covered in bandages for protection and support. You'll likely feel some discomfort and itching. Take pain medication as recommended by your doctor. If you take pain medication and your discomfort increases, contact your doctor immediately. To keep pressure off your ears, avoid sleeping on your side. Also try not to rub or place excessive force on the incisions. Consider wearing button-down shirts or shirts with loosefitting collars. A few days after otoplasty, your doctor will remove your bandages. Your ears will likely be swollen and red. You'll need to wear a loose headband that covers your ears at night for two to six weeks. This will help keep you from pulling your ears forward when rolling over in bed. Talk to your doctor about when or if your stitches will be removed. Some stitches dissolve on their own. Others must be removed in the doctor's office in the weeks after the procedure.  Ask your doctor when it's OK to resume daily activities, such as bathing and physical activity. After your bandages are removed, you'll notice an immediate change in the appearance of your ears. These changes are permanent. If you're not satisfied with your results, check with your surgeon about the possibility of revision surgery.

 Meet your doctor(s)

English Speaking: Fluent English, Basic Portuguese and Polish

Years of Experience: 11 years

Qualifications: General Surgery at the Universidad Estatal of Cuenca

Plastic Surgery at Universidad Estatal of Guayaquil

Plastic Surgery at Hospital Mater Dei, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Cost of procedure in Ecuador:  $1500

Estimated savings:  57%


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