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Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)

Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is usually performed to pin back ears that stick out away from the head or to reduce the size of large ears. The Pittsburgh cosmetic surgery procedure is often performed on children because unlike other parts of the body, patients usually will have already experienced full ear growth by the age of four. Since many children may endure taunting and teasing for having prominent sized ears, otoplasty at a younger age can eliminate the ridicule, as well as produce a more pleasing appearance.

Otoplasty is not just limited to children and can be performed on adults with no additional risks in most instances. Most otoplasty surgeries are performed because of protruding ears, but this is not the only reason the surgery is performed. Pittsburgh plastic surgeon, Dr Heil*, can use this technique to fix the appearance of Lop ear, when the top part of the ear appears to fold down and forward, and cupped ear, when the curve in the outer rim and natural folds and creases are absent, are ear problems that can be helped with otoplasty surgery.

Depending on the condition being treated, the final results of the otoplasty will be evident after the bandage is taken off. The wrap is used to best allow proper molding and good healing to exist. Since otoplasty is often performed on children, it is important the patient is not pressured about feeling the surgery is necessary and should only occur if the child is comfortable with the process.

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