Correction of misshaped ears can help relieve self-consciousness with this part of the body and can be done through incisions that are hidden behind the recesses of the ear.
Surgery of the ear, also known as otoplasty, is a procedure that helps to reduce the size or protrusion of the ear away from the head. The procedure can also be used to adjust the shape and natural bends of the ear. The appearance of the ear is determined by the size, shape, and position of the cartilage of the ear, and adjusting the shape in a way that provides a permanent correction requires manipulating and securing the cartilage. Often, ear surgery is performed on children between the ages of four to fourteen. Ears that “stick out” are often the source of teasing and ridicule in young children. This teasing can have a devastating effect on the child’s psyche. Otoplasty is not limited to children, however, and is commonly performed on older patients as well.
Recovery from ear surgery is typically on the order of a few weeks. During this time, swelling in the ear region resolves. Patients are asked to wear a protective head band for the first few weeks both while sleeping and as often as possible during the day. Otherwise, the recovery process is relatively straight forward and once recovered, there is typically no visual evidence of a scar on the ear.