Ear Reshaping (Otoplasty) in the Bahamas
What Is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure aimed at correcting deformities of the pinna, commonly known as the external ear. It is also used for reconstructing a defective, deformed, or even absent external ear. The surgeon corrects the defect by creating or reshaping the external ear by modifying, moving and augmenting the cartilaginous structure of the ear.
When Is Otoplasty Necessary?
Otoplasty is performed on patients who have a deformed or absent external ear due to congenital conditions, for example microtia (underdevelopment of the ear) or acrotia (non-development of the ear), or in cases where the ear has been deformed or destroyed by trauma (accidents). Occasionally, the patient presents other medical conditions that affect other parts of the face, in which case, otoplasty surgery might be performed along with other types of surgery.
Unless it’s performed for medical conditions, otoplasty is considered an optional or cosmetic procedure. Surgery therefore may or may not be covered by medical insurance.
What Is the Minimum Age for Otoplasty?
It is understandable for parents to want to correct a birth defect and avoid self-esteem issues or mockery from school peers. However, it is recommended that they wait until the ears of their child reach maturity, at around the age of 6, to start the first evaluations of the ear structure. The date of the surgery will depend on the results of those evaluations.
How to Prepare for an Otoplasty?
In the first visit or visits, the surgeon will evaluate the medical history of the patient. The surgeon will be specifically interested in ear infections and previous surgeries and will also perform a physical examination of the ears, take photos or perform tests.
After this, the surgeon will talk with the patient about the available options and the expected results. As with any cosmetic procedure, the patient must be psychologically stable enough to know what to realistically expect from an otoplasty.
It is imperative that a patient scheduled for an otoplasty stops smoking and avoids certain medications that the surgeon will list, such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs.
How Is an Otoplasty Performed?
It is very hard to talk about a standardized procedure for an otoplasty surgery because each surgery is customized for the specific needs of the patient. For example, adjusting an ear lobe is a much different procedure than reconstructing the upper part of the ear. Not all otoplasties need extra cartilaginous tissue, but when they do, it is harvested from the rib cage. You should discuss the exact details with your surgeon.
What Happens After the Otoplasty?
Most patients do not need to stay overnight after an otoplasty, although they need someone to take care of them for at least one day. Work or school can be restarted after 4 or 5 days. Swelling and bruising will stop almost completely within a week. Any strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 3 weeks after the surgery. It is highly recommended not to bend or lift things. Complete recovery takes a full year, although you will probably see most of the final effects after 1 month and will only notice subtle changes after the 2nd month.
Traveling to the Bahamas for Otoplasty
The Bahamas Medical Center offers patients seeking an otoplasty an ideal combination of factors: a highly skilled and experienced surgical staff, affordable prices and the perfect place to relax and recover after surgery. Start your preparations by getting answers to your questions, including information about the procedure, the costs of the procedures or about traveling to the Bahamas Medical Center. Our staff is always happy to receive your call.