Otoplasty is an operation that is used to correct prominent ears. This operation can be done on anyone after 5 or 6 years of age, once the ear has completed its development.
Prominent ears are caused by a combination of excess cartilage and loss of central fold of the ear. The procedure varies depending on the defect that must be corrected. The incision is placed in the groove behind the ear, although in some cases an incision in the front is necessary to remove more cartilage.
The surgery is ambulatory and can be done in the office if the patient is an adult, and can tolerate a procedure under local anesthesia. Postoperative care consists of a bandage used on the ears that must be worn continuously days and at nights for a period of 3 to 4 weeks.
The risk of complications is low. The risk of infection and bruising is just like any other type of operation. Occasionally an ear returns to its original position and another operation is required to adjust.
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