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Large protruding ears are often the source of ridicule for many children. This may lead to poor self esteem, difficulty developing friendships, and poor school performance. This congenital deformity is one of the most common deformities of the head and neck. An otoplasty is a procedure designed to reshape the ear to complement the face.
The ears protrude out because the "Y-shaped" bend (called the Crura of Antihelix) of the ear is missing. During the procedure, two cuts are made, one on the front and one on the back of the ear. This gives the ears the "Y" they were missing.
This outpatient surgery may be performed as early as 5 years of age. Patients need to wear a headband for one month post-operatively and must refrain from sports and strenuous physical activity for 6 weeks post-operatively.
My Funny Ears: A Girl/Boy's Guide to Otoplasty
Written by Dr. Christine Stiles
This book is designed as a guide to help children prepare for having an otoplasty. The problems children with prominent ears face are described in a child friendly manner. The pre-op, intra-op and post-op care is described in a way to alleviate fears and anxiety for both the child and his or her parents. In the end, the child will be excited about their surgery and their new ears!
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