(Synonyms: alterations of the ear)
Cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty) repositions and reshapes the ear to give it a more pleasing appearance. It is usually done to improve protruding or too large ears. Otoplasty is often performed on both ears for a consistent appearance.
Prior to surgery, the surgeon will talk with you about the symmetry of your ears. Most ears are not symmetrical (both identical). Your surgeon will make an incision behind the ear to weaken the cartilage. The cartilage is then folded in to the proper position and secured with stitches. Cartilage and skin may need to be removed; sometimes one ear needs more correction than the other. In rare cases, the surgeon will make an incision in front of the ear. Usually scars from surgery are not visible. Patients may be required to wear a headband over their ears for two to four weeks after surgery.
Most patients are pleased with the results of otoplasty. In rare cases, the ear may return to its original position and require a second operation.
The risks associated with otoplasty may include, but are not limited to:
This procedure is performed by specialists in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Otorhinolaryngology).