What is Otoplasty?

Are you unhappy with the shape or size of your ears or feel self-conscious about them? Rather than go to great lengths to try and cover them up, you may want to consider otoplasty. But what exactly is otoplasty, and how can it improve the appearance of your ears.

What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is a procedure that is done to alter the shape, size, or position of the ears. The procedure is often performed on children to correct prominent or protruding ears. Although otoplasty is often done for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of the ears, and make them look more natural, it can also be carried out for functional reasons.

The technique used to perform otoplasty varies, depending on the type of correction needed. The incisions for otoplasty are often made in the crease behind the ears, and the cartilage thenresized so that the ears are better positioned.

Ear surgery takes about 2 hours to perform, but this may vary depending on the extent of the correction required.

What to expect after surgery
Recovery after otoplasty is not intensive, and side-effects such as bruising and swelling usually improve within 5-7 days. There may also be some tenderness and discomfort. Patients usually have to wear a bandage for about 1 week to protect the ears during healing. In addition, patients should be careful to follow the post-operative instructions of their plastic surgeon, to ensure that healing takes place as anticipated.

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