Otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that aims to change the size, shape, or position of the ears. This procedure can be done in an outpatient surgical center with local anesthesia.
How does it work?
Otoplasty techniques vary based on what kind of correction is needed. The specific technique will be discussed at the time of consultation. The surgeon may make incisions on the back of your ears or within the inner creases of your ears. After making the incision, excess cartilage and skin will be removed. Stitches will be placed internally to hold the cartilage in place and to close the wound.
Who is a candidate?
You may elect to have this surgery if your ears stick out too much, your ears are large in proportion to your head, or you are dissatisfied with the results of previous ear surgery. People with a previous injury to the ear(s) or a birth defect may also choose to have Otoplasty. This procedure can be done on anyone over the age of 16.
Downtime for Otoplasty is very minimal and you can return to a majority of your regular, everyday activities in a day or two. Bandages will be placed over your ears for protection and support. One week after your procedure you will return to the clinic to remove the sutures and then your healing journey will begin. Pain and itching in the incision site are expected and will subside in 1-2 weeks. Some mild pain can be managed with Tylenol. You will be recommended to wear a loose headband around the ears for approximately 6-8 weeks after the procedure.