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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Usually children between the ages of 4 and 14 years, but also adults.

Reduce the size of large ears and place proeminent ears back closer to the head.

Incisions and technique:
The incisions are generally in the fold behind the ear. The cartilages are treated; the excess is removed, reestablishing the desired shape and position of the ear.

Operating Time:
One to two hours.

Children: usually general. Adults: local, with sedation.

Usually outpatient.

Back to work or school: 5 to 7 days. Strenuous activity, contact sports: 1 to 2 months.

Side Effects:
Pain that can be treated with painkillers. Swelling, redness, numbness in the first week after surgery. Results start getting better after the second week.

Infection. Blood clot (hematoma) that may need to be drained. Recurrence of the protrusion, requiring second surgery.

Duration of Results: