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Ear Surgery: "Otoplasty"

Otoplasty deals with correction of prominent ears.
This can be done no earlier than age five or six but is often performed on adults
who have long disliked their prominent ears.

What to Expect

During this procedure, an incision is made behind the ear and excess skin and soft tissue are removed. The cartilages are reshaped using sutures to create normal folds and positioning that was previously lacking. This procedure takes approximately one and a half to two hours to complete depending on the degree of deformity present.


Protective dressings are worn for four to six days followed by a tennis type headband particularly at night for support. Sutures that were placed in the skin behind the ear will dissolve on their own and do not need to be removed. Hair washing will be possible after the fourth day.