If you have ears which are larger than usual, or you are unhappy with the general shape of your ear, it is possible to have them look more balanced and proportioned to the rest of your face with otoplasty. In Singapore otoplasty (ear surgery) is only allowed to be performed by accredited surgeons with a special interest in the field of plastic surgery.
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure which can help to alter the shape of your ears into something more preferred. Below is a general illustration for the purpose of helping you understand what otoplasty surgery accomplishes in Singapore.
OTOPLASTY (EAR RESHAPING) EXPLAINED
Otoplasty is considered a very common procedure. It is a procedure designed to re-establish normal balance to your overall facial shape and improve the appearance of your ears.
Children as young as 8 years old have been known to perform this procedure, under general anesthesia. Adults may prefer local anesthesia when going through the procedure.
The surgeon will make a small incision at the back of your ear to expose ear cartilage. The idea is simple, bend the ear towards your head permanently into a more desirable shape.
Stitches may be used to maintain the new shape of your ears temporarily. A faint line at the back of your ear is to be expected, however, this is usually hidden from the view of others and fades away with time.
5 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OTOPLASTY/EAR SURGERY
(1) Is ear surgery permanent?
Yes. Once you’ve completed your otoplasty surgery in almost all cases the ear tends to remain in the post-operative shape.
(2) Will there be any side-effects?
Side-effects such as swelling, redness and such are to be expected in all surgical processes. However, these will heal over in a few days and your ear will look perfectly normal should you avoid any sources of infection.
(3) I have uneven ears, can otoplasty help me?
Yes, if you have one ear which is larger than the other, otoplasty can be used to correct it and add balance and symmetry.
(4) What happens after otoplasty surgery? Can you tell me about the recovery process after ear surgery?
There are a few steps you should be aware of post-surgery. After a well executed otoplasty performed by a surgeon with expertise in ear reshaping you should experience the following:
- Day 1 = You would be encouraged to put on a mild compressive head gear. You may notice that your ear becomes slightly larger (temporary) from swelling.
- Day 2 to 3 = You should be already wearing the compressive head gear as much as you can. Swelling starts to go down.
- Day 4 to Week 1 = Here, you may be able to return to normal activities (you would still have to stay away from strenuous actions) and duties at your workplace. Moreover, if your hairstyle allows it, you could be returning to normal activities sooner.
- Week 2 to Week 3 = Almost all patients here, feel comfortable to participate in social activities.
- Month 1 to 3 = Swelling completely subsides.
(5) How much is otoplasty/What is the cost of otoplasty surgery?
Generally speaking, otoplasty surgery can cost a few thousand dollars depending on the severity of your problem and if you would like to perform it on one ear or both ears. Hence the best way to get a definite price quote in Singapore is to speak to the surgeon himself.
OTOPLASTY WITH DR. HONG
Dr. Hong Soo Wan
MBBS, FRCS (Glasg)
FAMS (Plast Surg)
Member, Singapore Association of Plastic Surgeons
Member, Society of Cosmetic (Aesthetic) Surgeons of Singapore
Dr. Hong was awarded a Local Merit Scholarship to study Medicine in the National University of Singapore, Faculty of Medicine in the early 1980’s. Upon graduation he pursued training in general surgery.
Then in 1992 he received his post-graduate fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, United Kingdom. As a demonstration of his drive for excellence, after completing his basis surgical training, he did further specialty training in Plastic Surgery.
Moreover, in 1996 to further reinforce his subspecialty interest and plastic surgery training, he did a year of fellowship in a Regional Plastic and Reconstructive Centre in London, with emphasis on the development of reconstructive microsurgery and auricular or external ear reconstruction.
He was enrolled as a fellow in the Academy of Medicine in 1998 as a Plastic Surgeon and registered with the Ministry of Health Specialist Registry as an Accredited Plastic Surgeon.
Dr. Hong travels to Myanmmar as a volunteer surgeon in a specialist medical mission team since the year 2000 to provide medical services to needy patients as well as to educate and train doctors there.
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Dr Hong’s clinic is located at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre (#10-38, 38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563)