Otoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct the prominent ears. The first step of the otoplasty should be an ear analysis in order to determine whether or not it is necessary. Unless otherwise there are family history cases, most patients with protruding ears seek otoplasty for cosmetic reasons and do not suffer from any functional problems such as hearing loss or airway obstructions.
Otoplasty is done under general anesthesia (patient sleeps) and it takes about 2 hours. Incisions are made behind the ears and scars remain hidden, but they might be visible when hair stylist cut hair very short around the ears. Also, little bruises may occur following surgery that disappear within a week or two, but they too might show specially when using certain hairstyles.
After surgery, patient will need almost one week off work and it is recommended to avoid any strenuous activities for at least two weeks. It is always advisable to wear a headband or hat following otoplasty in order to prevent excessive stretching of the scars that might result into early scars enlargement or deformation of the ears. Problems such as bleeding and infections are extremely rare since skin flaps used by plastic surgeons are very thin and blood supply to them is excellent due to the location they have in the body.
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