If you’re feeling concerned about the size or shape of your ears, ear surgery, or otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. Ear reshaping can help you enjoy ears that better emphasize your sense of facial symmetry and harmony.
Planning Your Surgery
Most surgeons recommend that parents stay alert to their child's feelings about protruding ears; don't insist on the surgery until your child wants the change. Children who feel uncomfortable about their ears and want the surgery are generally more cooperative during the process and happier with the outcome.
In the initial meeting, Dr. Cappuccino will evaluate your child's condition, or yours if you are considering surgery for yourself, and recommend the most effective technique. He’ll also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, according to the details of your procedure.
Ear surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure in a doctor's office-based surgical facility, or a freestanding surgery center. Most patients tolerate the procedure with local anesthesia only while watching TV!