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Ear Reshaping Seattle Area

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The most common reason for ear surgery – is to bring prominent ears in closer to the head. Although the surgery can be done at any age, it is often recommended for young children. Unlike other parts of the body, ears are almost fully grown by age four, so it is safe to perform the surgery before the child starts school.


This common procedure generally takes 2-3 hours and is done under general anesthesia for children. Surgery on adult patients may be performed under local anesthetic.

The exact technique will vary depending on the type of problem. Typically, a small incision will be made in the back of your ear to expose the ear cartilage. Dr. Burnett will then reshape the cartilage as necessary so the ears may lay closer to the head.

This surgery leaves a small scar behind the ear. The scar will fade with time and is located in a place that few people will ever see.


Most patients return to normal functioning within a few days after surgery. Adults are typically able to go home immediately following the procedure. Children may require longer observation until they have completely recovered from the general anesthesia.

Initial bandaging is fairly bulky in order to provide maximum protection and promote healing. After a few days, you will begin to wear a headband to support the ears in the corrected position. This is worn for about 2 weeks to ensure proper positioning.

As with any surgery, there will be pain at the incision site, but it can be managed with medication.

You do not need to do anything to take care of the incisions.