An otoplasty is a surgical procedure to help improve the shape or position of one’s ears. This procedure is often performed to “pin back” one’s ears, correctly the look aesthetic of the ears in relation to the patient’s face.
Ear surgery is often recommended for children as they near total ear development, which is around the age four to six. Correction of the ears prior to the child entering school helps eliminate potential psychological trauma from the teasing of classmates. Adults may also have their ears reshaped. As long as you are in good health, there is no upper age limit for this surgery.
During the otoplasty procedure, the supporting tissue of the ears, or cartilage, is re-shaped in order to position your ears closer to your head. This is usually accomplished through incisions placed behind or at the ears. Subsequent scars will be concealed in the natural skin crease.
After surgery, you will be instructed to wear a headband at night when you sleep to keep the stress off your ears. This may be for a few days or up to several weeks, but it will ensure that your ears heal in their new, corrected position. You will need to avoid strenuous exercise and contact sports for several weeks. You can resume most non-strenuous activities within a week. Discomfort immediately following surgery is common and can be alleviated with medication.
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