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Ear SurgeryEar surgery can correct the appearance of ears that protrude or are too large for a person’s head. Prominent ears and conditions such as “lop ears” or "cupped ears" trouble many adults, but they can also be upsetting to children who can be hurt by teasing from schoolmates.
Ear surgery, also called otoplasty, can correct or improve a variety of defects. It can have a deep affect on the overall appearance of a person as well as their emotional health.
Children as young as six years old can undergo otoplasty because the ears are fully grown. Performance of the procedure at an early age can help to prevent unnecessary distress as the patient gets older. It is also preferred because the cartilage is more flexible, making it easier to work with.
Children who are healthy, have cartilage that is fully developed, and are able to cooperate and follow post-operative instructions are able to have ear surgery.
Just as each patient is different, each < otoplasty is different too. Surgery will typically range from 2 to 3 hours depending on the extent of work on the ears that need to be done. Local anesthesia with IV sedation may be used, but general anesthesia is typically administered with young children.
To correct protruding ears, incisions are generally made on the back surface of the ear. If they are needed on the front of the ear they may be made within the natural folds to conceal them. Protrusion may be corrected by creating or increasing the fold of the rim of the ear. Conchal cartilage may also be reduced. Non-removable stitches are used to shape the ear and hold it securely in place. Stitches are also used to close the incisions.
Dressings will be applied to the ears and should remain for a few days. Discomfort of the ears or itching under the bandages is normal, but they should not be taken off early. For patients who sleep on their side, rest may be difficult for the first week when pressure cannot be put on the ears. A headband may be recommended to wear over the ears and hold them in the new position for a specified length of time, generally 2 weeks. Situations which could cause trauma to the ear will need to be avoided for a month.
+^05 What type of anesthesia is used during an Otoplasty?
A surgical ear correction will be performed with either local or general anesthesia.
+^08 What can I expect from the Otoplasty recovery period?
Patients should expect one to two weeks of recovery time, after an Otoplasty. Initially there may be some aching or throbbing in the ears, this should fade over the first few days. Dr. Kessler will prescribe appropriate pain medications to keep patients comfortable during their recovery. Swelling and bruising may occur, as well a temporary numbness in the ears.