Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is a procedure aimed at improving the shape, position, or proportion of the ears. This surgery can correct deformities, reduce the size of large ears, or set protruding ears closer to the head. It is commonly performed on children and adults who are self-conscious about their ears.

Procedure Overview:

    1. Consultation: Prior to the procedure, a detailed consultation with a plastic surgeon is essential. The surgeon assesses the patient’s concerns and goals, conducts a physical examination, and discusses potential risks and expected outcomes.
    2. Anesthesia: Otoplasty is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s age and the extent of the surgery.
    3. Incisions: The surgeon usually makes incisions behind the ear, within the natural folds, to minimize visible scarring. In some cases, incisions might be made on the front of the ear but are strategically placed to be less noticeable.
    4. Cartilage Reshaping: The surgeon reshapes the ear cartilage to create a more natural and aesthetically pleasing contour. This may involve removing or repositioning cartilage and skin.
    5. Closing the Incisions: The incisions are closed with sutures, which may be either absorbable or require removal after a few days. The scars are typically well-concealed within the natural folds of the ear.
  • Recovery: After the surgery, the patient will need to wear bandages to support the new shape of the ears during the initial healing period. Recovery instructions typically include keeping the head elevated, avoiding strenuous activities, and following up with the surgeon for post-operative care.