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Ear reshaping

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Introduction
Ear reshaping (also known as otoplasty or pinnaplasty) is a type of cosmetic surgery used to treat protruding ears in adults and children over six months old.
When ear reshaping is used
Ear reshaping (also known as otoplasty or pinnaplasty) can only be used for children older than five years old. Ear splinting may be used for babies under six months old.
Availability of ear reshaping on the NHS
Ear shaping (also known as otoplasty or pinnaplasty) is not usually available on the NHS as it is considered to be cosmetic surgery.
How ear reshaping is performed
Ear reshaping (also known as otoplasty or pinnaplasty) is an operation to reshape the cartilage in the ear. Ear splinting may be used on young children.
Results of ear shaping
Ear reshaping (also known as otoplasty or pinnaplasty) and ear splinting are generally safe procedures with good results. There is a small risk of complications after otoplasty.
Recovering from an ear reshaping operation
After ear reshaping (also known as otoplasty or pinnaplasty) you will need some time to recover from the effects of the anaesthetic.