OTOPLASTY

Ear correction or ear reshaping, or otoplasty, is a common form of plastic surgery intended to change the proportion, contour, or position of ears for a more symmetrical and attractive appearance.

Procedure

This cosmetic surgery procedure varies for each patient, depending on whether they need their ears reshaped, reduced in size, set closer to the head, or some combination thereof.To correct prominent ears (bat-wing type), the plastic surgeon removes excess cartilage that causes the ears to protrude before affixing with sutures along the fold to their new desired positionThe procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately two hours to complete, after which patients may return home to rest.

Possible Side Effects

Temporary throbbing, aching, swelling, redness and/or numbness.

Risks

Infection of cartilage, excessive scarring, blood clots that may need to be drained, mismatched or artificial-looking ears, or recurrence of the protrusion which requires additional surgery.

Recovery

The patient may return to school or work within five to seven days and resume strenuous activity, such as contact sports, in one to two months.

Results

Usually permanent.