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Otoplasty (Correction of protruding ears)


Overly protruding ears often draw attention away from the face and can detract from overall facial harmony. Depending on the cause of the ear protrusion, a combination of sutures and cartilage weakening procedures are used to improve the appearance of the protruding ears restoring facial harmony. Because children with this problem are often affected by the comments of their peers, some parents elect to have their children undergo this procedure as early as 5 years of age. Although this may seem young, by age 5 the ear is approximately 85% of its adult size and it is just before the age when other children begin to notice differences. If you have been considering this then please make an appointment for a consultation and Dr. Sanderson will carefully weigh the risks and benefits of the surgery with all those involved so that an informed decision can be made.

What should I expect after surgery?

Pain is relatively minimal, some bruising;
A special dressing will need to be worn over the ears for the first week followed by a head band over the ears while sleeping for 6 weeks
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When can I go back to work?

Usually 3-7 days

When can I exercise?

Usually after 2-3 weeks
No contact sports for 6 months

Is this done as an inpatient or outpatient?

Usually outpatient

What type of anesthesia?

General anesthesia or local anesthesia with some sedation

How long does the procedure take?

1-2 hours

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