Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is a procedure that basically improves the shape, position or proportion of the ear. Otoplasty aims to correct the protruding ears and it is a commonly performed as a cosmetic surgical procedure. A defect in the ear structure that is present at birth or becomes apparent later can be corrected by otoplasty. This procedure can also treat deformed ears caused by injury. In contrast to the normal anatomical position, protruding ear deformity is a condition where the auricle is bent forward. This type of ear is a common problem in children, which can be the source of important psychosocial, emotional or behavioral problems. This causes people to hide their ears using different hair styles or even hats. It is the most common congenital ear deformity. Ear shaping operations are safe and do not cause hearing problems as only the outer part of the ear is operated.
Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty surgery, can correct and improve the proportion, position, or shape of the external ear.
Candidates for otoplasty surgery or ear surgery usually suffer from one or more of the following:
Patients need to be at least 5 years old in order to have ear surgery or otoplasty surgery. Middle ear infections (otitis media) are common in children. Recurrent ear infection may require insertion of ear tubes. However, this type of ear surgery has a different purpose than an otoplasty procedure.
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