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Ear Surgery Facts

Medical Name:
Otoplasty
Common Name:
Ear Surgery
Estimated Cost:
$2,500
Type of Anesthesia:
Local, General
Length of Procedure: 2 to 3 hours
Down Time: 2 to 5 days
Recovery Time: 2 to 4 weeks
Discomfort Level: Moderate Pain
Procedure Location: Office, Clinic, Hospital
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What is Ear Surgery?

Ear surgery, or Otoplasty, is a procedure that can reduce or completely remove the appearance of protruding ears. This surgical procedure is designed to bring the ears closer to the head, or to reduce the size of the ears. This procedure is especially helpful for young children in helping them avoid having to endure teasing and ridicule from others. The ears are almost fully grown when children reach the age of 4 and this is the age most children can begin having this operation. Ear surgery can be performed on adults as well, with no additional risks involved.

During the procedure the surgeon makes a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. The cartilage is then sculpted, and bent back toward the head. Stitches may be used to help maintain the ear’s new shape. Other techniques are used to improve upon the appearance of the ears. Consult with your cosmetic surgeon and ask about the technique they use for ear surgery. Ear surgery results in more natural-looking ears that lie flatter against the head and appear more normal.

To help answer some of the more frequently asked questions about ear surgery, please refer to the essential facts listed. To gain a better understanding of the procedure, be sure to check out the information provided in our “Research” section. However to gain a complete and thorough understanding about ear surgery, please consult with a cosmetic surgeon.

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