Prominent ears can be bothersome and difficult to cover up. Hats, make-up or loose clothes offer little help masking prominent ears but fortunately there is a surgical solution. This solution is called otoplasty. Children and adults who are self conscious about the projection of their ears are candidates for this procedure.
How is the procedure performed?
An incision is made in the natural crease behind the ear. The cartilage of the ear is then rasped, followed by placement of sutures that bend the ear back towards the scalp. Finally, skin is resected behind the ear to help maintain the new position. Dissolvable sutures are used on the skin.
What is the recovery period?
For the first few days after the surgery, the ears feel bruised or numb. There is some swelling that gradually resolves over the first week. The stitches on the skin dissolve. The patient has to wear a headband around their ears as much as possible for a week, and then at night for a month. Patients may shower the following day. Most patients return to work or school around one week. Exercise is not permitted for 4 weeks after surgery.