with many other features, the shape of the ear is inherited, and
often one ear is more prominent than the other. Children and even
adults are often teased and this could in some cases lead to a loss
is carried out in a private hospital under a local anaesthetic in
adults and a general anaesthetic in children. Otoplasty adjusts
the shape of the cartilage to create the missing fold and to bring
the ear closer to the side of the head.
a small scar line is left behind the ear, close to the groove between
the ear and the side of the head. The patient is allowed home the
same day and although there is some pain and swelling, the ear usually
settles after a few weeks.
can resume their normal duties as soon as the head bandage is removed
after approximately five days. Stitches do not need to be removed,
as they are dissolvable. Children are able to go back to school
but should avoid sport activities for another few weeks.