An otoplasty is an operation that pins protruding ears back closer to the head or reduces the size of larger ears.
Surgery can be performed on children or adults and generally takes 2 hours to perform.
During the operation, an incision is made on the back of the ear and the cartilage is reshaped and folded to decrease the prominence of the ear. The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia in children, but can be performed under local anesthesia on adults, if desired.
In the first several days after the operation, the head is bandaged to protect the ears. The bandages are then removed and the patient is asked to wear a headband to protect the ears, especially when sleeping, for 2 weeks.
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