Otoplasty in West Palm Beach can correct a number of issues associated with the appearance of the ears including: large or protruding ears, small or “cupped” ears, “shell” ears with no outer curve in the cartilage, or “lop” ears where the top of the ear folds downward or inward. The procedure can take roughly two to three hours, depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, and it is performed under general anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has been administered, the doctor begins by making a small incision behind each of your ears, providing access to your ear cartilage. The cartilage can then be removed or reshaped as necessary. Because the incision is made discreetly behind the ear, the scar is hidden in the natural folds of the ear, making it undetectable to others. For five to seven days following surgery, you will need to wear a bandage to hold your ears in their new position. Recovery may vary from patient to patient but some swelling and discoloration is not uncommon. Mild discomfort can easily be managed with pain medication.