Reality is forever altered for Dumbo when he realizes that his huge ears allow him to fly…but even though approximately 5% of the population is affected and they are mostly a cosmetic issue, congenitally prominent ears in an adult or child can have severe emotional and behavioral effects.
Prominent ears are seen in many forms, including shell ear, bat ear, cup ear and lop ear.
Many patients use hairstyles to camouflage their ears but feel comfortable enough to wear their hair short or combed back following otoplasty surgery.
- Otoplasty is the surgical procedure designed to give the outer ear (auricle) a more natural and anatomic appearance. It serves to set prominent ears closer to the head and reduces the size of large ears.
- Otoplasty can be done at any age after the ears have reached their full size, usually after the age of five, throughout adulthood.
- Otoplasty is typically done on both ears for optimal symmetry.
- Otoplasty does not change the location of your ears or alter your ability to hear.
The procedure lasts two to three hours and is performed under anesthesia. Any discomfort immediately following surgery is normal and can be controlled with pain medication. The surgical technique used is based on the type of correction needed. Your plastic surgeon will chose the technique and determine the location of the incisions, ensuring the minimization of any visible scaring. After making the incisions, your surgeon may remove excess cartilage and skin, folding the cartilage into the proper position and securing it with internal stitches. The incisions may be within the inner creases or on the backs of your ears.
- Following surgery, your ears will be covered in bandages for protection and support.
- There may be some discomfort and itching.
- To keep pressure off your ears, avoid sleeping on your side.
- When your bandages are removed, you will notice immediate, permanent changes in the appearance of your ears.
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