Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)

What is otoplasty?

Otoplasty is performed to correct prominent ears by bringing them closer to one’s head.


Usually lasting about an hour, this procedure is performed under local anesthesia (general anesthesia can be used for children). An incision behind the ear permits access to the cartilage, which is then reshaped, improving the appearance of the ear and bringing it closer to the head.


After the surgery, a bandage is worn over the ears for one week. Any bruising disappears between one and two weeks. For the following month, the patient wears a headband at night. It is usually possible to return to school or work in a week. The scars behind the ears are nearly invisible.

Risks and Complications:

All surgeries expose patients to risks and complications. In cosmetic surgery, all efforts are made to minimize these risks, but they cannot be completely eliminated. A partial list of complications for otoplasty includes: infection, hematoma, and undercorrection. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon as part of your decision making process.