An overview of Ear Surgery (otoplasty)
Procedure: Sets prominent ears back closer to the head or reduces the size of large ears. This procedure is most often done on children between the ages of 4 and 14 years.
Length: 2 to 3 hours.
Anesthesia: Young children: usually general. Older children or adults: general or local or sedation.
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary throbbing, aching, swelling, redness, numbness.
Risks: Infection of cartilage, excessive scarring, blood clots, Mismatched or artificial-looking ears, recurrence of the protrusion( requiring repeat surgery)
Recovery: 5 to 7 days: Back to work/school
1 to 2 months: Contact sports, strenuous activity
Duration of Results: Usually permanent. Occasionally further surgery required.