Otoplasty

What is this?

The Otoplasty Surgery to correct and reposition protruding ears and/or reduce overly large ears.

Procedure

Ear surgery to create a more natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem. Usually performed in children between 4-14 years and in many cases is covered by insurance.

Duration

Approximately 2 hours.

 

Anesthesia

 

General anesthesia is used in smaller children, and local anesthetic with sedative or general anesthesia is used with older children and adults.  

 

Hospitalization

 

This procedure is normally an outpatient procedure.

 

Possible Side Effects

 

Temporary palpitation sensation (heartbeat sensation), pain, swelling, redness and/or numbness.

 

Recovery

 

Patient may return to school or work in 5-7 days but must avoid rigorous activities (such as contact sports)  for the next two months.  Patient will be required to wear a special ear compression bandage for 4 weeks after surgery.

 

Risks

 

Cartilage infection, excessive scarring, blood clots that may require draining, asymmetry in ear placement,  artificial looking ears or continued protrusion of ears requiring  second surgery.

 

Results

 

Generally permanent.