Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)

What is Otoplasty?

Proud, oversized ears are often the subject of ridicule, teasing, and even bullying among early school-aged children. Therefore, children (and their parents) tend to be highly motivated to undergo otoplasty ear surgery.

Otoplasty is the surgery that repositions the ears closer to the head so they don’t stick out.  It is sometimes referred to as simply ear “setback” or “pinning”. It is most commonly performed on children age 6-7 years old with a general anesthetic for maximal safety and comfort, and takes roughly 45-50 minutes per ear.  During the ear surgery procedure, the cartilage of each ear is slightly modified to allow the ears to bend into the correct position. Stitches are then used to secure the new ear shape. While recovery is generally only about 5 days, swimming is discouraged for 2 weeks, and patients are instructed not to manipulate or tug on their ears for 6 weeks. Otoplasty is also commonly performed on young adults who dislike their ears, but never had otoplasty as a child.

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