Ear surgery (otoplasty) is usually done on children, age 4-14, to set protruding ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. Ear surgery can also be done to correct the ears in adults. Many other ear procedures are available to correct the different problems in the shape of the ears. Surgeons can also build new ears for those who were born without ears or those who lost them through injury or disease.
Ear surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. General anesthesia for young children and local for older children or adults is usually the norm.
Ear surgery may take 2-3 hours. Recovery is usually uneventful and most children will be return to school in 7-10 days. As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks and possible complications which should be discussed with your surgeon.
A very common aesthetic issue for women is a torn earlobe. This frequently results from wearing ear rings that are heavy or large hoop rings that get caught and pulled, tearing through the earlobe. These are usually quite easy to repair and resolve the frustration and embarrassment of the torn earlobe. Complete tears are actually easier to repair than incomplete tears, but both can be done. We also repair larger holes in earlobes created by corks or gauges for both men and women. This is usually done by making fine incisions in the torn lobe and then carefully suturing the lobe back together. We generally re-pierce those repaired earlobes in about 4 weeks."
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