Otoplasty - Surgical correction of ears

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Otoplasty is a simple plastic surgery procedure with impressively good and immediately visible results, that can be done under local anesthesia.

Ear surgery or otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that alters the size, position or proportion of the ears.Otoplasty can be made on a patient of 7 or 8 years, whereas after this age the development of his ear has been completed.Ear surgery for children or adults can set prominent ears back closer to the head and reduce the size of large ears and generally improve self-confidence.

Otoplasty ususally has two functions- pinning prominent ears back closer to the head and reducing the size of large ears. Ear surgery may also be helpful for the following conditions: Shell ears, large or protruding ears, lop or cupped ears.

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Depending on each patient`s ear anatomy and the desired result the surgeon makes an incision hidden inside or behind the ear in the natural crease where the ear meets the head. Soft tissue or extra cartilage that makes the ear "stick out" can be removed. The cartilage can be sculpted and bent into its new position to achieve the desired appearance.After the procedure the patient stays in the hospital for at least 24 hours. He/she is discharged wearing an elastic band-aid around the head. Painkillers (but no Aspirin) can be prescribed if a pain occurs.The ears may ache or throb for a few days. Otoplasty patients should avoid sleeping on their side for the first two weeks after surgery.

The elastic band must be worn all the time for 2 weeks after the procedure and after that only in the night for at least a 30 day period of time.