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Purpose: Large or prominent ears are often referred to as protruding. Otoplasty is the surgical procedure that some people with protruding ears choose to have, in order to make them appear less prominent. This operation is also referred to as Pinnaplasty. Nobody is entirely symmetrical and most people have one ear slightly larger or higher than the other. But particularly prominent ears can cause embarrassment to some people and they may wish to undergo surgery to correct the problem. Although Otoplasty is considered cosmetic surgery with no medical implications, the procedure usually has great psychological benefits.


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Anaesthetic: Local or General depending on the procedure.
Duration of procedure: 2 – 3 hours
Hospital stay: 1-2 days
Stitch removal: Approximately 2 weeks after surgery or absorbable stitches.

The Otoplasty operation can be performed under local anaesthetic, or general anaesthetic on demand.


Most patients will not need to stay in hospital overnight. Both ears can be repaired in the same operation. Different surgery techniques may be used, depending on the required result and the specific problem. One of the most common techniques is when the surgeon makes a small cut in the back of the ear in order to remove some of the cartilage and bend it back towards the head. Stitches are then used to keep the shape. A protective bandage may be wrapped around the head after surgery to protect the area.  A small protective dressing is usually worn for around five to ten days after the operation, or until the stitches are removed. It may be necessary to take some mild painkillers during the first couple of weeks after the procedure, as the ears may be slightly sore and tender. The ears may also feel a little numb for a few weeks after surgery. Additional conditions which can be corrected are "lop ear", in which the upper ear is folded and leans forward; "cupped ear", in which the outer ears are unusually small; and "shell ear", in which there is flattening of the folds resulting in a shell-like ear. Long, short or torn ear lobes also can be fixed. This operation can repair congenital ear defects and make reconstruction of the outer ear after trauma.


Results: A small scar may be visible behind each ear after the operation, but this will fade and become very faint over time. Otoplasty involves one of the shortest recovery times of any plastic surgery procedure. Once the bandages are removed after the surgery, ear surgery results will be immediately visible. It is imperative you closely follow your surgeon's instructions and not tamper with or remove postoperative bandages before the surgeon allows.

Risks of Otoplasty Surgery: As with any surgery, there are risks to consider.  When ear surgery is performed by a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, as with any operation, there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure:


* A small number of patients may develop a blood clot in the ear, called a haematoma. This may be extracted in a simple procedure if it does not dissolve naturally.


* Occasionally, some patients develop and infection in the cartilage, which can cause scar tissue to form. Such infections are usually treated with antibiotics, rarely surgery maybe required to drain the infected area.


You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.


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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 August 2009 )