Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a surgical
procedure to modify the shape and size of the ears.
The most common deformity is prominent ears which are
on a bigger angle than normal and lack the middle fold
of the ear. For the most part, the operation is done
on children of at least four years of age, since ears
are almost fully grown by that age. Even though the
earlier the surgery, the less teasing and ridicule the
child will have to endure, the most common age for a
consultation is during the adolescence.
The purpose of this ambulatory procedure that is performed
under local anesthesia is to set prominent ears back
closer to the head and to sculpt the cartilage, creating
a fold that makes the ear appear more normal.
If you're considering ear surgery for yourself or your
child, this information will give you a basic understanding
of the procedure-when it can help, how it's performed,
and what results you can expect. It can't answer all
of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual
circumstances. Please be sure to ask your doctor if
there is anything you don't understand about the procedure.
In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar
considering the tenderness of the skin in that area.
Patients will be required to keep a bandage in the area
for 7 to 10 days after surgery.