Otoplasty

An otoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that changes the size, shape, and/or position of the ear.

In most cases, an otoplasty is performed to improve the appearance of the ears when they have been affected by an ear deformity or injury.

Close up of female ear

An Otoplasty can also be performed on the ears for cosmetic reasons. When an otoplasty is performed, it is generally performed on both ears to guarantee a symmetrical appearance. It is also important to note that an otoplasty cannot change the location of your ears or alter your ability to hear. 

otolaryngologist explaining how Otoplasty is a solution to this person's problem with their ears

Did You Know?

The most common types of ear deformities that can be corrected with an otoplasty include macrotia (overly large ears) and protruding ears. 

By improving the size, shape, and position of your ears, an otoplasty can allow your ears to match your face. Whether you are unhappy with your ears due to cosmetic reasons, an injury, or a birth defect, an otoplasty can be used to improve their appearance. 

How Your Ears Can Change

  • Resize overly large or excessively small ears
  • Reshape ears that have been affected by an injury or deformity
  • Reposition the ears, for example protruding ears

What to Expect

Local or general anesthesia will be given to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

An incision will then be made on the backs of the ears or within the inner creases of the ears, depending on the exact surgical approach being used.

Your surgeon will then remove excess cartilage and/or skin, fold the remaining cartilage into the proper position, and secure the tissues with internal sutures.

External sutures will also be used to close the incisions. In most cases, the entire procedure takes approximately 2 hours.

Recovery Process

  • You will be able to return home within the same day
  • You can expect to be bandaged to ensure proper healing
  • Can return to work within a week
  • Need to refrain from strenuous activities until cleared by your surgeon
  • Avoid sleeping on your side, rubbing your ears, or placing pressure on the ears

Improve the the size, shape, and position of your ears.

women is putting earrings while preparing for work
Close up of female ear

An otoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that changes the size, shape, and/or position of the ear.

In most cases, an otoplasty is performed to improve the appearance of the ears when they have been affected by an ear deformity or injury.

Close up of female ear

An Otoplasty can also be performed on the ears for cosmetic reasons. When an otoplasty is performed, it is generally performed on both ears to guarantee a symmetrical appearance. It is also important to note that an otoplasty cannot change the location of your ears or alter your ability to hear. 

otolaryngologist explaining how Otoplasty is a solution to this person's problem with their ears

Did You Know?

The most common types of ear deformities that can be corrected with an otoplasty include macrotia (overly large ears) and protruding ears. 

By improving the size, shape, and position of your ears, an otoplasty can allow your ears to match your face. Whether you are unhappy with your ears due to cosmetic reasons, an injury, or a birth defect, an otoplasty can be used to improve their appearance. 

How Your Ears Can Change

  • Resize overly large or excessively small ears
  • Reshape ears that have been affected by an injury or deformity
  • Reposition the ears, for example protruding ears

What to Expect

Local or general anesthesia will be given to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

An incision will then be made on the backs of the ears or within the inner creases of the ears, depending on the exact surgical approach being used.

Your surgeon will then remove excess cartilage and/or skin, fold the remaining cartilage into the proper position, and secure the tissues with internal sutures.

External sutures will also be used to close the incisions. In most cases, the entire procedure takes approximately 2 hours.

Recovery Process

  • You will be able to return home within the same day
  • You can expect to be bandaged to ensure proper healing
  • Can return to work within a week
  • Need to refrain from strenuous activities until cleared by your surgeon
  • Avoid sleeping on your side, rubbing your ears, or placing pressure on the ears

Improve the the size, shape, and position of your ears.

women is putting earrings while preparing for work

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