What is it? Otoplasty is the correcting of prominent ears by setting them back closer to the head. It is a technique often conducted on young children shortly before they are about to go to school to lessen embarrassment of prominent ears.
How is it performed?
Cartilage in the ear is removed or bent back to allow the ear to bend naturally towards the side of the head. The procedure usually takes about 1 hour, and may be followed by a short stay in the hospital. Occasionally a set back ear can protrude again, necessitating a second operation.
How long will it take for the physical effects of the operation to disappear?
Some bleeding and bruising may occur, so a head bandage is worn for up to one week to protect the ears. After this, a bandage is worn at night for a further 2 weeks. Excessive exercise should be avoided for about 3 weeks.