Ear Correction

Otoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures for children. The majority of patients who undergo otoplasty are between 4 and 14 years old. Ear surgery can correct protruding ears (excessive ear cartilage), large or otherwise deformed earlobes, “lop ear” (where the ear tip bends down and forward), and “cupped” or “shell ear” (which could be a very tiny ear or an ear without natural creases).

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Anaesthesia Stay

The procedure takes about 1 – 2 hours. If your child is young, we recommend general anesthesia, so the child will sleep through the operation. For older children or adults, we prefer to use local anesthesia, combined with a sedative. It is done under daycare.

Best Time For Otoplasty

Children’s ears are most often fully developed by age 4. Having the procedure at a young age is highly desirable for two reasons:

  • The cartilage is extremely pliable, thereby permitting greater ease of shaping.
  • The child will experience psychological benefits by being spared of ridicule in school

Procedure

The incision location is determined by finding the most inconspicuous site at the back of the ear. The exposed ear cartilage is sculpted / excised and re-positioned closer to the head for a more natural-looking appearance. We use non-removable stitches to help the cartilage maintain its position.Dissolvable or removable stitches are used for the incision location, which are removed or dissolve within seven days.

Risks

Complications are infrequent and usually minor. A small percentage of patients may develop a blood clot on the ear. It may dissolve naturally or can be drawn out with a needle. Occasionally, patients develop an infection in the cartilage, which can cause scar tissue to form. Such infections are usually treated with antibiotics; rarely, surgery may be required to drain the infected area. Recurrence of the protrusion, may require second surgery.