Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to reshape or reposition the ears. This procedure is typically done to address cosmetic concerns, such as ears that protrude too far from the head, or to correct congenital deformities, such as ears that are misshapen or asymmetrical.
During an otoplasty procedure, the incisions are made behind the ears and the cartilage reshaped to create a more natural-looking appearance. The surgeon may also remove excess skin and tissue, if necessary, to achieve the desired results.
Otoplasty is typically performed under local anesthesia and can take up to two hours to complete. Recovery time varies depending on the extent of the procedure, but most patients can return to normal activities within a week or two but must wait 6 weeks minimum before participating in sports or any activity that could cause your ears to get hit or pulled. Complications from otoplasty are rare but can include bleeding, infection, or asymmetry.
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