Local anaesthetic procedures are performed in Mr Kenton-Smith’s clinic and general anaesthetic procedures are performed at St Georges Hospital or Southern Cross Hospital in Christchurch.
An incision is made behind the ear. If the ear is poorly folded, this is corrected by weakening the cartilage and reshaping the cartilage in a more aesthetically pleasing position. If the bowl of the ear, called the conchal bowl, is very deep this is also reduced.
Following surgery, your ears will be dressed in a head bandage for one week. Your ears will be checked after one week. There are no sutures to remove as they dissolve. You may have swelling and bruising of the ears which will usually have resolved within 2 weeks. You may notice numbness around the ears which may persist for several months. You may experience some discomfort and will be prescribed pain relief.
You will then need to wear a bandage (or head band) at night for three weeks.
Most people return to work after approximately ten days.
Otoplasty has an extremely high satisfaction rate.