Otoplasty, also known as ear shaping, is a procedure that corrects prominence of the ear (ears that may “stick out” too far). This procedure is also known as ear pinning. Depending on the source of ear prominence, an incision is made behind the ear and/or within the fold of the front of the ear. Excess cartilage and skin are removed to reshape the ear. Deficient cartilage can be placed through incisions to correct constricted ear deformities. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia but does not usually require an overnight stay. Patients are required to wear a headband for compression for the first week and then to sleep in the band for an additional 5 weeks. Rare complications include infection and poor wound healing.

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