Ear surgery or otoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to correct protruding ears, large ears or abnormally shaped ears. Ear deformities may cause self-consciousness, anxiety, social avoidance and psychological distress, leading individuals to seek surgery. It is usually performed on children at the ages of 5 and 14.
The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia. Otoplasty is performed through an incision on the back of the ear through which the ear will be bent, reshaped and repositioned to its ideal place.
After surgery, there will be some degree of discomfort, bruising and swelling for a few days. A bandage dressing must be worn over the ears for a couple of days. Dr. Said will give you detailed instructions on how to best handle your recovery.
The possible complications associated with otoplasty include temporary discomfort, headaches, swelling, bruising, asymmetry, itching, hematoma, infection, changes in sensation, need for revision surgery and scarring.
The outcomes of ear surgery are natural and long-lasting. Patients often report a positive impact on the quality of their lives after the surgery.