Otoplasty

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Ear reshaping, also known as otoplasty, is a surgical procedure that alters the size, position, or proportion of the ears. Ear reshaping is effective in addressing:

  • Overly large or small ears
  • Ears that are oddly placed or disproportionate to your head
  • Ears that stick out prominently 
  • Injuries that have negatively impacted the shape or positioning of your ears

Ear reshaping can be performed at any age once the ears have reached their full size. According to the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery , this is from the age of five and onwards.

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There are a variety of ways the ear can be reshaped. One involves cutting out the cartilage, which is the main structural component of the ear. Another involves folding and stitching the cartilage instead of cutting it away. In either case, your surgeon will begin by making a small cut at the back of your ear. This will allow access to the cartilage for the necessary procedure. After the surgery is complete, the surgeon will close the cuts with stitches.

Your head will be bandaged before you are sent home, and your surgeon will give you instructions on how long you will need to wear the bandage and how to manage it while you sleep. Typically, you’ll wear it for at least three days. You should be prepared for moderate swelling and bruising of the ears after removal of the bandage. The degree of swelling differs from patient to patient. The swelling and bruising both subside within 4-6 weeks, after which time you should be able to resume all of your normal activities. 

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Potential risks specific to ear reshaping surgery include:

  • Blood collection under the skin
  • Bleeding and infection
  • A loss of sensation in the back of the ear, however this is usually temporary
  • Asymmetry of the ears

It is important to discuss with your surgeon the potential complications associated with your surgery.

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