Ear Reshaping (Otoplasty)

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If you’re considering ear surgery… Ear surgery, or Otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. ~ For the most part, the operation is done on children between the ages of 4 and 14. Ears are almost fully grown by age 4, and the earlier the surgery, the less teasing and ridicule the child will have to endure.Ear surgery on adults is also possible, and there are generally no additional risks associated with ear surgery on an older patient.If you’re considering ear surgery for yourself or your child, this brochure 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


All surgery carries same uncertainty and risk

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Planning for surgery 

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Where the surgery will be performed

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Within a few days, the bulky bandages will be replaced by a lighter head dressing similar to a headband. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s directions for wearing this dressing, especially at night.


Stitches are usually removed, or will dissolve, in about a week.

Any activity in which the ear might be bent should be avoided for a month or so. Most adults can go back to work about five days after surgery. Children can go back to school after seven days or so, if they’re careful about playground activity. You may want to ask your child’s teacher to keep an eye on the child for a few weeks.

Other ear problems 

Besides protruding ears, there are a variety of other ear problems that can be helped with surgery. These include: “lop ear,” when the top seems to fold down and forward; “cupped ear,” which is usually a very small ear; and, “shell ear,” when the curve in the outer rim, as well as the natural folds and creases, are missing. Surgery can also improve large or stretched earlobes, or lobes with large creases and wrinkles. Surgeons can even build new ears for those who were born without them or who lost them through injury.

Sometimes, however, the correction can leave a scar that’s worse than the original problem. Ask your surgeon about the effectiveness of surgery for your specific case.

More natural looking ears

Most patients, young and old alike, are thrilled with the results of ear surgery. But keep in mind, the goal is improvement, not perfection. Don’t expect both ears to match perfectly- perfect symmetry is both unlikely and unnatural in ears. If you’ve discussed the procedure and your expectations with the surgeon before the operation, chances are, you’ll be quite pleased with the result.


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