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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Otoplasty – sometimes referred to as “ear pinning” – is performed on prominent ears in order to set them back closer to the head or to decrease the size of large ears. Surgery can be performed on adults as well as children, although children should typically wait until the ear is fully developed, usually around age five or six. The procedure involves working on the cartilage that gives structure to the ear in order to correct ear prominence.

Otoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes one to two hours. The incision is made behind the ear and is inconspicuous once healed. Following surgery, a head wrap is used to protect the ears. Once the wrap is removed in the office, patients are often asked to wear a headband for several weeks to maintain the new ear position and prevent injury, particularly when sleeping.

Earlobe Surgery
Earlobe surgery can be performed on patients whose earlobes have become stretched or elongated or have actually split. This is often secondary to trauma or to wearing heavy earrings over a long period of time. An earlobe reduction removes excess skin and can be performed under local anesthesia. A split earlobe can also be repaired under local anesthesia and will typically have to be re-pierced eight weeks later.

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