What is a otoplasty?

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, can address unwanted characteristics of the ears, whether related to their size, protrusion from the head, or defects that may have been present since birth or caused by injury. However the defects are caused, correcting them can make a world of difference to self esteem for people of all ages.

What does otoplasty improve?

Ear surgery can:

  • Reduce the size of ears.
  • Bring ears closer to the head.
  • Reshape ears.
  • Correct defects.

How is the procedure performed?

Each procedure is individualized according to a patient's specific needs, but an otoplasty requires anesthesia. Incisions are usually made on the back of the ear. When they are required on the front of the ear, they are made within the ear's folds so any scars are hidden. Techniques depend on the needs of each individual, but internal, non-removable sutures can be used to reposition the ear. Incisions are often closed with external stitches.

What are the risks?

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Pain and/or change in sensation
  • Discoloration
  • Poor wound healing
  • Unsatisfactory results
  • Scarring

What can be expected after the surgery?

Will I have bandages/drainage tubes?
Your ears will have bandaging after surgery.

How soon return to work?
All cases are different, but some patients can return to work within days of this procedure, depending on the work they do and their ability to protect their ears from damage.

How soon achieved results?
Wait time before seeing results of ear surgery is minimal, though it is different for every patient.

Is otoplasty covered by insurance?

Ear surgery is usually a cosmetic surgery and is not covered by insurance companies.