Marisa Marques

Otoplasty

(outpatient surgery)

The term prominent ears refer to ears that, regardless of size, “stick out” enough to appear abnormal. The normal external ear is separated by less than 2 cm from, and forms an angle of less than 25 degrees with, the side of the head. Beyond these approximate normal limits, the ear appears prominent when viewed from either the front or the back. The goal of otoplasty is to set back the ears in such a way that the contours appear soft and natural, the setback is harmonious and there is no evidence of surgical intervention. There is no absolute rule about when otoplasty should be performed. In young children with extremely prominent ears, a reasonable age is approximately 4-6 years.
 
Postoperative care 
A bulky, noncompressive dressing is placed for a few days.  When the dressing is removed, the patient wears a loose headband 24 hours (child) or at night (adult) for 8 weeks.   
 
Complications 
 
Acute complications 
Hematoma, infection, chondritis 
 
Chronic complications
Late deformity, residual deformity
 

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