Good candidates for ear correction(Otoplasty) in PhuketThailand, include individuals who are healthy, in good physical shape, with realistic expectations of what ear correction surgery can and cannot achieve. Otoplasty is often done in children, while their ear cartilage is still soft and maximally pliable (bendable), but can also be performed in adulthood. Most other types of ear correction surgery are sought by adults.
Smokers, patients with multiple or untreated medical problems, and individuals who have unrealistic expectations or who are psychologically unprepared for surgery are not good candidates for ear correction surgery.
Otoplasty refers to correction of excessively protruding or “outstanding ears”. Ears that project excessively from the head often are missing their natural folds in the ear cartilage and thus assume a smooth shape that lacks definition, sticking out from the head. Correction of outstanding ears recreates these natural folds and modifies the position of the ears to lie closer to the head. Outstanding ears affect both sides or can involve one ear only.
Performed as early as age 7 years of age, “ear pinning” uses sutures (stitches) to adjust the position of the ears in relation to the head. Incisions are made inconspicuously in the natural crease behind the ear; permanent sutures are placed from the ear cartilage to the bone behind the ear. (known as the “mastoid process” of the skull). To sculpt the ear and reposition it closer to the head, and any excess skin or cartilage is removed. Absorbable (“dissolving”) sutures are used in the skin, and a band is worn over the ears for several weeks to protect the repair and support the ears’ new position.
Torn Earlobe Repair
Earlobes can become “split” after an earring is torn from the earlobe (usually by a child or a pet) and the area heals on its own. Split earlobes can be surgically reconstructed to rebuild a normal appearing ear lobe and enable earrings to be worn again. The site of past piercing can be removed altogether during the repair, or a small hole that allows continued wearing of earrings can be preserved.
Torn earlobe repair takes approximately an hour to perform and is done under local anesthesia. We recommend you bring lightweight, hypoallergenic (gold, silver or surgical steel) small hoop earrings with you to the office; these will be inserted at the time of surgery and should be worn continuously for approximately six weeks postoperatively. Stitches are removed in 10-14 days, and heavy earrings should be avoided to prevent stretching of the earlobe and to preserve the best esthetic result.
Our Surgeon in Phuket uses a variety of techniques to reshape and reposition the ears. All incisions are made behind the ear, where they will be well-concealed. Ear cartilage may be repositioned and rotated to create more natural ear folds. Sutures may be used to set the ears back closer to the head. In some cases, cartilage may be removed to reduce the size of the ears. Your Surgeon will discuss with you which technique or combination of techniques may best suit your specific needs.
Following an Otoplasty, the head is wrapped in soft, protective bandages to protect the ears and encourage healing in their new position. The area of surgery will be numb from local anesthetic injected during surgery; this will last for many hours afterward. Oral pain medication such as Tylenol with codeine will be prescribed after surgery for a few days.
Bandages will be removed in the office a couple of days after otoplasty surgery; after which time antibiotic ointment should be applied to the incisions twice daily at home for another week. Exercise and aggressive play in children should be avoided for approximately three weeks. A few days off work is recommended in adults to allow for initial healing and protection of the ears. A special headband is worn around the head for a few weeks to hold the ears in their new position.
Torn Earlobe Repair is a minor procedure with very little downtime. Exercise should be avoided for approximately two weeks. Showering can resume the day after surgery, and stitches are removed 7-10 days after surgery. After Earlobe Rejuvenation, restrictions are the same as for earlobe repair.
During recovery from any type of ear surgery, patients may experience temporary discomfort that is managed with oral pain medications. Mild headache, swelling, bruising and numbness should subside in a few days. Any sutures that do not dissolve on their own will be painlessly removed in the office within a week or two. Antibiotic ointment should be applied twice daily for approximately a week after surgery.
We understand that you will not always be sure about what surgery will be needed and that you will need to know that you are, in fact, a candidate for your ear correction surgery in Phuket Thailand. To address this, you have the opportunity to have one of our highly qualified surgeons from Phuket International Hospital provide you with their personal recommendations at no cost or commitment to you to proceed with surgery.
Step 1: Take photos as required
Step 2: Complete the Patient Registration and upload images taken
Step 3: Receive personalised Recommendations, exact cost and duration required to stayin Phuket for recovery, from a surgeon specialised in your chosen procedure.
Ear Correction cost in Thailand is significantly lower than you would expect to pay in Australia, the cost of Ear correction in Sydney, Brisbane or Perth in Australia would be $6000 +.
Our advice to get a clear picture of what is going to work to achieve your results is to submit your images and patient information so our Thailand Surgeons who can provide you with recommendations. These recommendations will include what surgery will achieve your results, confirmation of price and duration you require for recovery in Phuket.
The pricing below is for Ear Correction cost in Phuket and should be used a guide only without having surgical recommendations provided.
Ear Correction (Otoplasty) Information
The following information sheet has been created as a general guide to assist patients considering having Ear Correction Surgery in Thailand and is intended to provide a broad overview of the important considerations related to the decision to have Ear Correction surgery. The specific nature of the surgery will vary between individuals and is dependent on the unique circumstances of each person.