Otoplasty, more commonly referred to as ear surgery, is a common procedure for repositioning and reshaping prominent, unattractive ears. When the ears stick out, especially in childhood, the patient may be the target of teasing or ridicule and may have experiences that can lower self-esteem and lead to emotional trauma.
What Can I Expect from Otoplasty Surgery?
All patients receive treatment at one of our immaculate, AAAASF-accredited outpatient operating suites. While adults have the option of undergoing local anesthesia with IV sedation, children requiring otoplasty require general anesthesia, allowing them to sleep through the entire procedure. An otoplasty typically takes 1-2 hours.
The doctor will create a concealed retroauricular incision (behind the ear) through which the cartilage can be accessed for trimming or adjustment. Sometimes the concha, another portion of the external ear, or the earlobes will also need to be reshaped.