Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Otoplasty is an ear surgery to set prominent ears closer to the head or reduce the size of larger ears. This procedure can be performed on any patients over four years of age, when ear growth is almost complete. Depending on the extent of the ear surgery, the procedure usually takes two to four hours. It can be performed using local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.

Otoplasty side effects include temporary swelling, throbbing, pain, numbness, or redness. You can return back to work or school in five to seven days with no strenuous activity for one to two months. The duration of results is usually permanent.

The risks involved are infection, excessive scarring, blood clots, or uneven ear contour. Rarely, recurrence of the protrusion may require repeat surgery.

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