What is Otoplasty?
Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. Otoplasty can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth that becomes apparent with development or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury.
Ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound beneﬁts to appearance and self-esteem. If protruding or disﬁgured ears bother you or your child, you may consider plastic surgery.
Candidates for Otoplasty
The best candidates for otoplasty may have experienced the following:
- Overly large ears — a rare condition called macrotia
- Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees — not associated with hearing loss
- Adult dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery
Candidates should be healthy non-smokers who have realistic expectations for their results, and are willing to follow their plastic surgeon’s recommendations for recovery.
How Does It Work?
An otoplasty procedure is performed by repositioning and reshaping the ears to mimic a more natural shape that suits the person’s facial features. To begin the otoplasty procedure, your plastic surgeon will make incisions within key areas of the ears, which will help hide future surgical scars. During the procedure, your plastic surgeon will remove cartilage and excess ear skin until this desired ear shape has been achieved.
Your otoplasty results can usually be seen immediately, as your new ear shape will be apparent after surgery. However, it may take up to six months to see final results, as it may take this long for surgical swelling to subside.
The initial recovery period from an otoplasty procedure usually takes about one week; we recommend that patients take this amount of time off from work. Most patients are able to return to work after this first week, although they will need to wear headbands for several weeks after the surgery.
*Individual results may vary