Otoplasty is a common surgical procedure performed to “pin back” or correct protruding ears. The surgery can be performed on adults as well as on children usually over five years of age.
It is often recommended at a early age to help alleviate teasing at school by other children. Many parents are unaware of the server psychological trauma that may result from such harassment.
Length of procedure: 2 hours
Anesthesia: Young children: usually general or deep sedation. Older children or adults: general or local, with sedation.
How the procedure is performed:
The improvement from surgery is readily apparent, although the final result will not be evident for several weeks due to swelling and other natural changes that are a result of healing.
Swelling and bruising are normal, but usually disappear within a week or so. Patients usually return to full activity by the end of two weeks, although it is necessary to protect the ears from trauma or bending until healing is more complete. For this reason, a headband will often be recommended for a period of time after the surgery.
Discomfort is mild and rarely is pain medication required.