Otoplasty is a very common procedure which aims to make the ears appear less prominent and give the ears a more natural appearance.
Many children and adults may be self-conscious about their prominent or protruding ears. In children, mild cases may be hidden by longer hair until the child is old enough to request surgery. If the ears are extremely prominent, otoplasty can be performed at an earlier age. At age 5 or 6, the ears have attained 80% of their final size so otoplasty can be performed at any time from this age. Adults of all ages often request this common procedure.
Your ears will sit further back along the head area, reducing the prominence from the front. Prominent ear correction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures and the results are excellent and often permanent. The ears will have a natural appearance, helping you to feel more confident.
During your first consultation your surgeon will discuss what you’d like to achieve, any expectations you have, questions about the procedure, medical history and current medication. Your ears will be carefully examined so that the surgeon knows your individual needs. We will provide as much information as possible so that you feel comfortable and informed, and if you feel overwhelmed in any way we encourage you to make a second consultation so that you feel confident with your decision.
Please ensure you have arranged someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out at home for a few days. To reduce risk of bleeding and bruising please make sure to:
We will guide you to prepare for surgery so that your procedure and recovery go smoothly.
Otoplasty is performed under general anesthetic or a light sedation with local anesthetic. Whichever you choose, you will be very comfortable and experience no pain during the surgery. This procedure takes approximately 60-90 minutes and you will be able to go home a few hours after.
During the procedure, an incision is made on the back of the ear so no scars are seen and the surgery is designed to produce an entirely natural ear shape. The ridge within the cartilage (antihelical fold) responsible for folding the ear back is recreated and some internal sutures applied to maintain this new position. In some cases other parts of the ear may need reducing such as the ear lobe or bowl (concha) of the ear and your surgeon will discuss this with you if needed.
Please call our office if you experience any of the following: excessive pain or bleeding, abnormal swelling or fever during the first 24 hours.
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