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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Ears should be one of the least prominent features of the face. Otoplasty is therefore commonly performed on children and adults in order to pin back protruding ears, to reshape deformed ones, to correct their size and placement, to make them more proportional, and, even to repair torn earring holes.

There are several different techniques used which can be divided into two basic categories: cartilage scoring (cutting) and cartilage sparing. Cartilage scoring techniques are addressed to the cartilage of the ear  in order to remove, and or to rearrange it.  Sparing techniques are addressed to the skin in order to shape and position the ear.

Surgeons often need to combine both techniques in order to achieve the ideal shape and position of the ear. Additionally reconstructive ear surgery, which is the form of otoplasty used to correct deformities (such as cauliflower ear) or injuries, might use a variety of otoplasty surgery techniques plus other reconstructive procedures to recreate a natural-looking human ear.

Otoplasty can be performed under either local anaesthesia with sedation or under general anaesthesia. In the former case an overnight stay in hospital is not required, therefore, the patient is free to return home a few hours after the operation. As with all operations under general anaesthesia, however, an overnight stay in the hospital is required.

After surgery special bandages must be worn for around a week and stitches will be removed  after approximately 10 days.


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