Ear surgery is often performed on children to correct protruding ears, large ears, lop ears, cupped ears or shell ears. But, the surgery can be performed on adults as well. In fact, adults often request this surgery when a facelift or other cosmetic facial surgery is planned.
Correcting ear problems begins with an incision behind the ear. The incision is made in the natural fold where the ear attaches to the head. Depending on the problem being corrected, cartilage may be trimmed or shaped, and sutures will be used to hold the ear in place until the area is healed.
After surgery, a small bandage may be applied and worn for a few days. Some minor pain or discomfort may be felt. Healing usually takes about two weeks.
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