Otoplasty is an operation aimed at recreating normal contour and appearance to a malformed ear. Reasons for otoplasty include widely protruding ears (prominauris), cauliflower ear deformity, microtia (abnormally small ears), or other ear deformities as in those with a congenital disability. In adults, otoplasty may be undertaken at any time – however, in children, the ear continues to grow and otoplasty should not be performed before 5-6 years of age, as the ear approaches a more adult size. The procedure is usually done as an outpatient in an operating room suite with various levels of anesthesia depending on the patient.
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