Otoplasty, also known as cosmetic ear surgery, is a procedure to change the shape, position or size of the ears.
Otoplasty can be done at any age after the ears have reached their full size — usually after age 5 — through adulthood. In some cases, the surgery is done as early as age 3.Otoplasty can be done at any age after the ears have reached their full size — usually after age 5 — through adulthood. In some cases, the surgery is done as early as age 3.
You might consider otoplasty if:
- Your ear or ears stick out too far from your head
- Your ears are large in proportion to your head
- You’re dissatisfied with a previous ear surgery
incisions are created backs of your ears, or Within the inner creases of your ears. After making incisions, your doctor might remove excess cartilage and skin. He or she will then fold the cartilage into the proper position and secure it with internal stitches. Additional stitches will be used to close the incisions.
The patient will need bandages over their ears for several days after surgery. While the bandages are in place, they will not be able to wash their hair.
After removing the bandages, a loose but supportive headband is worn over the ears at night.
This will help remove tension from the ears. The headband should be worn loose to prevent the ears from being pulled forward if the patient moves while sleeping.
The individual can return to school or work within a week of surgery. Regular activity and exercise can restart within 2 weeks.
Patients should avoid activities that could cause trauma or injury to the ears during the recovery period. Physical contact sports, such as judo, rugby, or football should be avoided for at least 3 months. Swimming should be avoided for up to 8 weeks after surgery.