Otoplasty is a fast and effective surgery


Do you have low self-esteem because of your ears? The solution has a name and it is in the title of this text. Indeed, otoplasty is a fast and effective surgery. This procedure treats the common “flappy ears”, that is, it corrects the abnormal contour of the ears, which are more prominent and “detached”. It can be done from the age of 5, as the ears reach adult proportions by then. Otoplasty is a quick recovery surgery, it is not very invasive and the incision is very discreet.

In this article, Dr Ribeirinho Soares, Cosmetic Surgery partner at Wellness Travel Therapy in Portugal answers common questions concerning otoplasty:

"In general, Otoplasty has little pain. It is performed under local anaesthesia and on an out-patient basis. On the 7th postoperative day, sutures are removed. In other words, we can reinforce that otoplasty is a fast and effective surgery.

We would also add that ear correction can be done from the age of 5. After all, the ears at this age are almost formed. Furthermore, children with less prominent ears may experience less bullying and its associated social disintegration. Therefore, it is advisable to perform this surgery at these ages. However, it will be performed with sedation and/or general anesthesia."

What is the estimated recovery time after surgery?

Although it may vary from patient to patient, with due care, the immediate recovery from otoplasty takes between 10 and 15 days. The stitches are removed at post–surgery appointments. After the 10th day, the initial healing takes about two months, taking about six months to complete.

How long does otoplasty last?

Normally, otoplasty lasts an average of one hour. The surgery must be performed in a hospital environment. The procedure is performed through an incision behind the ear, following the natural fold of the skin. Once again, we can state that Otoplasty is a quick and effective surgery.

Does otoplasty have any implications on hearing?

The processes related to hearing take place in the inner part of the ear. Although the procedure does not damage patients’ hearing, it may be affected by infections. One of the examples is otitis which, if not treated properly, can lead to deafness. However, infections after otoplasty only happen in rare cases. If the patient follows the doctor’s guidelines regarding the hygiene of the plastic surgery site, the chances of the problem happening are minimal.

Are there any restrictions to the surgery?

Firstly, it is important to mention that otoplasty is only contraindicated when, after analysing the exams, the doctor observes that the patient has a health condition that makes the surgery a risk. In this sense, some restrictions may be the existance of heart problems, clotting difficulties and anaemia.

If I have long hair, do I need to cut it to have the surgery?

No, As a matter of fact, hair helps the post-operative evolution by hiding the common swelling in the period after plastic surgery.

Can I go on a health and wellness tourism trip for otoplasty treatment?

Medical tourism is sought after by many people, in search of a professional and caring solution with personalised care – quality is increasingly valued above quantity. Health Tourism in Portugal inspires confidence and is increasingly sought after. Indeed, for many, Portuguese healthcare is an alternative with excellent value for money. After all, the good medical care and rehabilitation, the hospitality, the climate, the direct contact with nature and the Portuguese hospitality make this a rewarding experience.

With Clinica Ribeirinho Soares, you will find high quality, competitive healthcare, with cutting-edge technological equipment and solutions in a modern and comprehensive hospital environment, served by highly qualified professionals. Being one of WTT's partners means that you can have confidence in that you will be cared for in a modern network of professionals and partners that covers your entire stay in comfort and leisure.

About WTT Portugal

Wellness Travel Therapy (WTT) is a medical and dental tourism facilitator that works with highly qualified partners in the fields of dentistry and plastic surgery to offer personalised medical treatments and wellness experiences in Portugal.

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