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Correction of protruding ears (otoplasty)

Correction of protruding ears (otoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure suitable for patients who have suffered loss of confidence or emotional discomfort due to protruding ears. It is possible to perform correction to one ear if there is a marked asymmetry between the ears, or to both. Plastic surgeons can also form or reconstruct of the outer ear folds in the case of congenital or acquired ear defects. This procedure is not recommended for children younger than 5 years.

Procedure

Otoplasty is usually performed under local anaesthetic, but can also be carried out under general anaesthetic if necessary. The operation starts with an elliptical excision of the skin at the back of the ear. Then the cartilage is scratched to make it more flexible and special stitches are put to draw the ear closer to the head. If necessary, part of the cartilage can also be removed. Finally, the skin is sewn up and a dressing is applied.
 
Correction of protruding ears (otoplasty)
         
   
         
Incision   Sutures to attract protruding ear   Postoperative scar

Operation risks

Otoplasty, like any other intervention, may have adverse effects such as reactions to anaesthesia, postoperative pain, itching, tightness, and tissue fluid or blood accumulation. More rarely patients might experience prolonged bleeding, wound edge separation, wound infection or scar hypertrophy. Other possible complications or adverse reactions should be discussed with the plastic surgeon during a consultation.

Postoperative period

Healing normally lasts for several weeks, but the bandages are often removed after a week. Children should avoid active or aggressive games before healing is complete.

The aesthetic result is visible almost immediately after the surgery, although the swelling may persist up to several months. The effect is permanent, but children's ears undergo further formation so the shape may change slightly.

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