What You Need to Know About Otoplasty

Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure performed on the ears. For people with disproportionately large ears, protruding ears, or ears with deformities, otoplasty is an excellent option.

Are You a Good Candidate?

Otoplasty is performed on patients of a variety of ages. When the patient’s ears have reached their maximum size, which usually happens around the age of six, the procedure can be performed. You might be a good candidate for otoplasty if the following applies to you:

  • You are greater than 6 years old (adults are excellent candidates as well)
  • You have protruding or prominent ears
  • You have misshapen ears with lack of normal contours
  • You are in good health
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You do not smoke

Types of Otoplasty

The exact procedure performed will depend on the patient’s specific needs. For those with excessively large or protruding ears, the surgeon will make an incision behind the ear in the natural fold where the cartilage meets your head. This will reduce the appearance of a scar.

From there, the surgeon will remove and/or reshape the cartilage as needed. The surgeon will then “pin back” the ears with permanent internal sutures. Each ear can take up to an hour to complete.

Benefits of Otoplasty

Otoplasty can improve a person’s appearance by doing the following:

  • Reshaping the ears to repair deformities
  • Correct protrusion of ears
  • Repositioning the ears to look proportional to the face
  • Removing deformed cartilage
  • Boosting confidence

Otoplasty Recovery

Patients are permitted to go home the same day the procedure is performed. They will go home with protective bandages over their ears. These will be removed the next day in order to clean the incisions and apply antibiotic ointment. Skin sutures from behind the ear will need to be removed after one week.

Pain, bruising and swelling should be minimal. Patients will be asked to wear a headband all day for a week, then only at night for another 3-4 weeks. After about two weeks, patients can resume their normal activities although contact sports should be avoided for a longer period of time.

Otoplasty Risks

Although otoplasty is considered a safe procedure, like with any surgery, there are some risks. These risks are minimal, but may include:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Abnormal or excessive scar tissue
  • Asymmetry
  • Recurrence of protrusion
  • Anesthesia risks

For any child or adult with protruding or misshapen ears, otoplasty can be your solution. Please give us a call and schedule your consultation. For more information regarding otoplasty, please visit our website.