If you feel like your ears are too big or too protruding, ear correction surgery or otoplasty could be the right procedure for you. Typically, a permanent procedure, ear correction surgery can harmonise your face’s overall appearance by making the ears more proportionate in size and positioning. Patients tend to seek help when they become self-aware about their ears, predominantly during teenage years, and sometimes as adults.
Otoplasty, also called ear surgery, sets prominent ears back closer to the head and/ or reduces the size of large ears. Cosmetic ear surgery is most often performed on children between the ages of four and fourteen and may be covered by insurance.
Approximately two hours.
Young children are usually given general anaesthesia. For older children or adults, a general or local anesthesia can be used along with sedation.
Usually this is an outpatient procedure.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Temporary throbbing, aching, swelling, redness and/or numbness.
Infection of cartilage, excessive scarring, blood clots that may need to be drained, mismatched or artificial-looking ears, or the recurrence of the protrusion, which requires repeat surgery.
The patient may return to school or work within five to seven days, and resume strenuous activity, such as contact sports in one to two months. A compression garment is required to use for four weeks.
Usually ear correction is done in children of 10 years above (when the ear development has been completed and the ear has reached at least 70 persent of its adult size). Ideally it is done in teenage years when the children become aware of their appearance and comply with instructions at the same time, however it is also done in adult years too.
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