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Otoplasty is the surgical treatment for protruding ears. The specialists at AFP are equipped with a very simple procedure that effectively–and with great stealth–can reshape the ears and in doing so, create a less conspicuous structure.
The procedure is done under either local or twilight anesthesia through an incision placed behind the ear. It is through this incision that the cartilage is either trimmed to allow it to set back or weakened to allow it to fold in a more close or compacted position relative to the head. The sutures used in this procedure are mostly absorbable and do not require removal. The level of discomfort is controlled with simple Tylenol and a mild pain pill at most. Some doctors will suggest a 7-day course of an antibiotic as well, given the required manipulation of cartilage with sutures.
The earliest age for repair is usually dictated by the maturity level of the patient with general suggestion being at 5-6 years of age. While insurance does not usually cover the procedure, the cost is very manageable. In the final analysis, the boost to self-esteem in our young patients, when the ear prominence is decreased to an inconspicuous degree, is palpable.