Otoplasty is a form of ear surgery performed to set disproportionately large or prominent ears into more normal position. The objective of otoplasty is to create more natural and better-positioned ears. Since incisions are made in the back of the ears, the scars tend to be concealed in the creases.
There are several possible surgical approaches to otoplasty. Using a commonly employed technique, the surgeon makes incisions in the back of the ear and elevates the skin to expose the ear cartilage. Sutures may be used to hold the cartilage in position but sculpting techniques to cause accurate relaxation and rolling back of the cartilage may be more artistic and natural in appearance. Sometimes a wedge of cartilage must be removed. The incisions are closed with sutures. A firmly compressive bulky dressing is usually left in place for a week. The ears are very sensitive and there is some soreness and discomfort which requires a few days of medication to be comfortable.
Otoplasty is one of the most artistic procedures in plastic surgery. It pays to select a surgeon who enjoys it and can demonstrate pictures of good quality work.
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