EAR CORRECTION (OTOPLASTY)
Prominent ears can affect a person's self-image. Having ears that "stick out" can undermine a child's self-confidence and eventually affect their emotional well-being and behavior. Even adults with protruding ears may suffer from severe embarrassment, in some cases to such an extent that it affects their everyday lives.
Otoplasty — also known as cosmetic ear surgery — is a procedure to change the shape, position or size of the ears. Otoplasty more commonly occurs during childhood, but can be done on patients of any age.
For best results, an otoplasty should be carried out after the ears have reached their full size. Most children's ears will be almost full size by the time they are five years old. The surgery can create the missing folds and position the ear closer to the head.
There are three main types of otoplasties:
- ear augmentation - when the pinna is underdeveloped or non-existent (microtia);
- otopexy (ear pinback) - the protruding ears are "flattened";
- ear reduction - when the pinna is too big, what doctors call macrotia.
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