Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, reduces the size of large ears or ‘pins’ them back closer to the head to so they protrude less.
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The exact specifics of the procedure depend on the requirements of the individual.
The best candidates for otoplasty are:
- Children between the ages of 4-14
- Adults in good health
There are a variety of ear problems that can also be helped with surgery. These include: lop ear, cupped ear and shell ear.
All surgery carries risk, and you should be fully aware of the medical risks associated with this procedure before you consent to surgery. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you during your consultation, and you are encouraged to ask questions if there is anything you do not understand.
It is your obligation to inform your surgeon of key medical information that may influence the outcome of your surgery or may increase the level of risk. These include medications you are taking, history of disease, medical complications, etc.
Risks and risk rates vary from patient to patient depending on a range of factors. No two people are alike. The risks listed below are possible risks associated with this type of surgery and are mentioned regardless of how remote the possibility:
Infection of cartilage. Excessive scarring. Blood clot that may need to be drained. Mismatched or artificial- looking ears. Recurrence of the protrusion, requiring repeat surgery.
Time required: 2-3 hours
Anesthesia: General or local with sedation
Aching and swelling
Redness and numbness
Back to work or school: 5-7 days
Strenuous activity or contact sports: 1-3 months