What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that changes/improves the shape and/or position of the ears. Deformities in the structure of the ear or overall dissatisfaction with the shape or protrusion of the ears can be fixed and improved with this procedure.
Results from this procedure greatly vary, with certain degrees of success being achieved through what is realistic depending on a combination of your ear structure, medical history, and desired results. There are many ways to go about otoplasty depending on the results you want, but for example, with ear pinning, incisions are made behind the ears with stitches applied to keep the outer portion of the ear in place. If you want to reduce the size of your ears, cartilage is removed to achieve this. This surgery does not treat or improve hearing loss.
Otoplasty is a short procedure that takes one to two hours, with various degrees of recovery time afterward depending on the extensiveness of the procedure. The incisions made behind the ears leave scarring, but this fades over time. Immediately after surgery, your surgeon will place dressing over the ears which is to remain in place for several days. After the dressing is finally removed, a headband will be given to you to wear at night during sleep to prevent the ears from moving or being pulled forward. Washing your hair is not allowed for two weeks after the procedure to allow the incisions to heal properly. Bruising around the ears last up to two weeks, with soreness to be expected, managed by prescribed medications.