Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is a surgical procedure that targets the reduction and shaping of the ears to achieve a more balanced appearance. Many people often seek otoplasty to reduce the size of the ears or position them closer to the head.
The best candidates for ear surgery are those who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. Patients should seek to undergo otoplasty for their own personal reasons, not because of the thoughts of others. Although ear surgery is most often performed on individuals who are between four and fourteen, the procedure can be performed on people all ages.
Otoplasty is performed under twilight sedation or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. During the procedure, an incision will be made inside the fold of the ear and the cartilage is repositioned to place the ear to a more desirable position. Sutures are then used to keep the ear in its new position throughout the healing process.
Following the completion of surgery, pain and discomfort may be present, but these symptoms can be relieved by prescription medication. Dressings will be applied to the ears for about a week and patients should avoid sleeping on their sides during this time. Patients can usually return to work when the dressings and sutures are removed about a week after surgery.
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Typically, patients are very pleased with the outcome of an otoplasty procedure and the results can be seen immediately.