What is otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves reshaping the ear or pinning back the ears if they stick out.
What happens during an otoplasty procedure?
An otoplasty procedure usually involves:
- making a small incision in the natural crease behind the ear
- removing small pieces of cartilage if necessary
- putting stitches at the back of the ear to reshape or position the ear closer to the head
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will talk you through the procedure. They will inform you of any limitations of the technique, the position of the scars and any possible short-term or long-term complications.
How long does it take to recover?
An otoplasty is carried out under local anaesthetic (with sedation if appropriate) which means that patients are able to go home the same day to recover in the comfort of their own home. You will normally wear a bandage around your head for up to a week to help your ears heal in their new position and also to protect them from getting any infections.
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