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Is there any kind of cosmetic surgery that can pull back ears?

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Is there any kind of cosmetic surgery that can pull back ears?

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You are asking about a procedure known as an otoplasty. The idea is to create a fold where one is missing, so that the ear can be brought into its correct position closer to the head. Some techniques depend on special manipulation of the ear cartilage so it will maintain the new curve. Other techniques depend on permanent cartilage sutures. I personally favor the former method, but I have seen excellent results with both methods. This outpatient procedure takes about 1-2 hours and can be done under either local or general anesthesia. There is little postoperative pain and recovery is 1-2 weeks.

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Otoplasty Ear Surgery can take many forms. One type is a pinback sculpture. However, different elements of the ear anatomy may be causing the projection. The art of ear surgery sculpture is analyzing the correct problem and then being able to sculpt that element or elements involved.

Hope this helps.

Michael Bermant, M.D. Board Certified American Board of Plastic Surgery

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