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Ear Lobe Repair

Ear surgery, also known as “otoplasty” is surgery to correct prominent ears, across a broad range of ages, in both males and females. The surgery pins-back the ears closer to the head making them less prominent. This procedure is very common in children at the age of 5-6. Prominent ears can be very embarrassing for young children, and quite often causes them a great deal of distress, from the criticism of schoolmates and their peers. To avoid such torment or any psychological damage, this surgery is performed at a relatively young age. Teenagers and adults often decide to have this surgery later in life, as often the opportunity was unavailable to them when younger.

Am I A Good Candidate For Ear Surgery

You may be a good candidate for ear surgery if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • If your ears are prominent and stick out
  • If you feel you are unable to wear your hair tied back due to protruding ears
  •  If you suffer criticism because your ears stick-out
  • If you have disproportional ears (one larger/or differently shaped than the other)

What To Expect After Surgery

You will be permitted to leave the day facility once the staff is completely satisfied that you are well enough to leave. It is essential that you have someone to take you to and from the day facility. It is also imperative that someone stays with you for a 24-hour period after the procedure. The ears will have sutures, which will be removed after 2 weeks. A bandage will need to stay in place around the head for 7-10 days and you will need to buy a tennis headband to wear around your head when you arrive home.

When Can I Resume Normal Activities

The decision for a child to return to school will depend on the parents and the child. Everyone heals at a different rate and some children will need to stay home longer than others. The average time spent away from work or school is approximately 7 days. It is important to avoid physical activity/exercise for at least three weeks post surgeries.