Having large ears is undoubtedly a problem for many children and adults and can lead to a great deal of distress in everyday life. Children with large ears often find themselves the object of ridicule, making it hard for them to deal with the school environment. Adults with large ears tend to be extremely self-conscious, making it harder to mingle with others. With modern science we now have the solution to this issue. Otoplasty is a procedure used to reduce large or protruding ears by setting the ears back closer to the head as well as moulding, shaping and/or removing cartilage.
Otoplasty can dramatically change a person’s appearance simply by making protruding ears look more normal. Often the problem is caused by an undeveloped middle fold of the ear. There may be other deformities as well making it necessary to perform several procedures on the ear at the same time. Otoplasty can reshape the ears, reduce their size and make them more symmetrical. The procedure can be performed at any age after the ears have reached, or nearly reached, their full size which is around five to six years old.
- Surgery time 2 – 4 hours
- Hospital stay 1 – 2 nights stay
- Anaesthesia General
- Time off work 2 weeks
- Getting back to normal including being able to do sports: 4 – 6 weeks or more (full recovery from swelling and bruising may take one to three months)