Cosmetic ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery designed to reduce the size of large ears or pin back ears that protrude too far from the head. The deformity does not affect the hearing of the person, but substantially affects his mental health.
Protruding ears appear in 5% of the population and are due to hereditary factors. They are seen immediately after birth, their shape and position does not change with time, while their final size is acquired at the age of 5-6. It is therefore proper for children to be operared on when they are 5-6 years old, before starting school in order to avoid comments that could irreparably injure their psychology. Adults can be operated on at any age.
Otoplasty is performed under local anesthesia and the final result is seen immediately after the operation. After surgery an elastic bandage is placed, which covers both ears and it is removed on the 5th postoperative day. After the bandage is removed, the patient can return to work or to school, in the case of a child.
The operation is painless, quite successful, without any failure rate if performed correctly by the specialist. Specialist is the doctor who has a thorough knowledge of the anatomy of the ear and is an ENT surgeon who has specialized in Facial Plastic Surgery.