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The Basics and Benefits of Corrective Ear Surgery

Corrective ear surgery, or otoplasty in medical terms, is an elective surgical cosmetic procedure that addresses large and/or protruding ears. It is done to mould the outer shell of the ear to be closer to the side profile of the head. This procedure is commonly done on children that are between the age of 4 and 14. Since the ears are almost completely developed in shape at the mere age of 4, this procedure can save a child from a lifetime of ridiculing when done once the ears have matured in shape.

The nose and the ears are some of the organs that never stop growing as we age. However, they hold their original shape, even though they still get larger. Therefore, by addressing the shape of protruding ears at a young age, this problem can be dealt with early to avoid any further issues. This procedure can also assist adults that struggle from large and protruding ears. There are generally no increased risks for adults in comparison to children that go through with this operation. Therefore, you can have the peace of mind that it is a safe procedure for both cases.

Corrective ear surgery is fairly elementary and easy to understand. The surgeon makes an incision in the back part of the outer shell of the ear. This allows the surgeon to sculpt or fold the cartilage in accordance to what is necessary for the specific individual. Once the sculpting is complete, the incision is stitched closed to hold the new shape in place as it settles. By folding the cartilage, the outer shell of the ear will be pulled in closer to the side profile of the head. This results in a more natural look to get rid of large and protruding ear shapes.

When considering any type of surgical procedure, we highly encourage you to consult a medical professional about what to expect and the finer details involved in such a procedure. If you are considering this procedure for your child, we also recommend that you get their consent and involve them in the discussions surrounding the details of the procedure. Therefore, you can make an informed decision as to go through with the surgery for yourself or your child. This procedure is done under general anaesthesia to ensure that the patient is asleep during the surgery.

Centurion Cosmetic Clinic is your first choice when you are considering cosmetic surgery. We offer options for women and men and perform ear surgery on children as well. For more info on our surgical procedures, please peruse our website for details on specific surgeries.