Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is employed to move prominent ears back, or to reduce the size of large ears.
In the majority of cases, the operation is carried out on children between the ages of 4 and 14. Ears are fully developed by the age of 4, and the sooner surgery takes place, the less teasing the child will experience.
Ear surgery on adults also occurs and, usually, there are no extra associated risks.
An operation can also make a difference for large or stretched earlobes, or lobes that are wrinkled and creased.*
EARS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Preferably pre-school i.e. four to five years of age.
Most children only require pain relief for 24-48 hours. Adults may have pain for up to three to five days.
- A Bandage for the first 24 hours
- An elasticised head-band worn 24 hours a day for one week subsequent to surgery
- The same head-band worn at night for a further one week
Asymmetry is the main risk i.e. one ear may end up slightly different to the other. Infection, bleeding, pain and scars are a very low risk.
BEFORE & AFTER
* Disclaimer - Results may vary from person to person