North Chelmsford, MA (PressExposure) January 08, 2010 -- Many adults and children undergo the treatment for correcting protruding, cupped or shell ears. Birth defects of the ear can also be effectively treated with this procedure.
Children in the age group of five to six are the ideal candidates for this treatment as it is easy to shape the ear's cartilage due to its pliability. Adults can benefit from the procedure to gain better symmetry and proportion of the ears. Not only is the ear reshaped and properly positioned, but also contoured to maintain a seamless facial contour.
The plastic surgeon would study the framework of the ears in detail and decide on the best approach to treat the patient. The procedure and the outcome would be explained in detail so that patients have realistic expectations before undergoing the procedure.
Otoplasty for prominent or protruding ears is carried out under local or general anesthesia depending upon the age of the patient. The plastic surgeon would then make an incision on the well hidden back side of the ear that would allow the reshaping of the cartilage. The ear is then brought closer to the scalp to attain a natural look. Sutures would be required to keep the cartilage in place. After the surgery, the patient would be advised to wear a dressing to help in the healing of the ears.
Otoplasty for malformed or protruding ears should be ideally sought from reputable board certified plastic surgeons. Through a thorough consultation, patients can learn about the procedure and the postoperative recuperation and what precautions may be needed to follow after surgery in order to attain the desired aesthetic results.