Prominent ear surgery (otoplasty) is performed on both children and adults. Whilst every ear is different, there are specific features of a normal appearing ear with respect to position, size and shape that can sometimes be achieved by surgery. Results can be dramatic and highly satisfying to the patient.
Surgery is performed through a cut (incision) on the back of the ear (pinna). There are no scars on the front of the ear. The prominence (sticking out) of the ear is corrected with stitches securing the pinna to tissues of the skill just behind. Occasionally a small piece of cartilage is removed to allow the pinna to move back. The shape of the ear is changed, using abrasion of the cartilage, which softens it. This allows the cartilage to be re-positioned and held in place with stitches.
The surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic as a day case in an accredited hospital. Following surgery a bulky bandage will be placed over the ears to protect them for 5-10 days. Patients can usually return to work within 5 days of the operation but many wait until the bandage has been removed.
The final shape and contour of the ears becomes evident after about four weeks at which time contact sports and activities that may bend the ears can usually be resumed. Complete healing may take up to one year.
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