What is otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a simple, cosmetic solution for malformed ears. It is minimally invasive and requires little recovery time.

Do adults have ear surgery too?

Yes, adults can opt to adjust their ear prominence. However, adult ear cartilage is less pliable than that of children, which limits the potential results. Consequently, adults that decide to have otoplasty performed must have realistic expectations for the procedure.

How old must a child be to have otoplasty performed?

Children must have fully developed ears in order to qualify for ear surgery. This typically occurs around age four, which is the most common age for children to have their ears surgically adjusted.

What can otoplasty correct?

A Surgeon can adjust the shape in order to provide a more aesthetically appealing and natural look. Common issues corrected by otoplasty include:

  • “Lopped Ears” – When the ear tip appears weighted and bends down over the ear
  • “Cupped Ears” – Ears that are tiny or without creases
  • Large and protruding ears and/or earlobes

What side effects are associated with otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a minimally invasive cosmetic solution for malformed ears. Still, due to the pliability of cartilage in children, it is recommended that they refrain from engaging in physical activities for three weeks after the procedure. Any physical damage may negatively impact the result.

Even though the procedure is minimally invasive, occasional side effects may occur, including:

  • Headaches
  • Numbness
  • Discomfort
  • Loss of sensation in the incision region for six months
  • Swelling

How is otoplasty performed?

Every ear surgeon has unique strategies for performing ear surgery. Skilled surgeons can sculpt ear cartilage or remove excess skin through a discreet incision behind the ear. Generally, dissolvable stitches seal the incision while non-removable stitches secure the adjusted cartilage.