Definition - What does Otoplasty mean?

Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, works to improve the shape, position, and size of the ear. While it is often considered a cosmetic procedure, it can also be elected to correct certain birth defects. Individuals can elect this procedure once the ears have stopped growing which is usually near age five.

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There are a variety of reasons that a person may have ear surgery performed. However, one of the most common reasons people choose this surgery is because their ears stick out too far. Other common reasons include dissatisfaction with the shape of the ears or unhappiness with the results of previous ear surgeries. Incision site will vary based on the issue that the patient is trying to repair.

However, the incision site is usually behind the ear or within the inner creases of the ear. Following the procedure, the ears will be bandaged. It's important for patients to keep pressure off the ears for the first several days after the surgery. Patients will then wear a loose headband to protect the ears during sleep.

The surgeon will inform the patient when they can resume normal activities. The results of the surgery are immediate and permanent.

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