Ear reshaping / Otoplasty

About Otoplasty

Otoplasty involves correction of mal-shaped ears, mainly prominent ears. Prominent ears or malshaped ears are not only cosmetically disfiguring but also have psychological ramifications. Therefore, early correction of the deformity is beneficial.Otoplastycan improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. Ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem.

How is Otoplasty performed?

The surgery is performed in an operation theater under local, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your cosmetic surgeon will recommend the best option for you. Correction of prominent ears – Incisions for otoplasty are generally made on the back surface of the ear. In some severe cases, an ellipse of skin may be excised on the back side of the ears to correct the problem. Through this incision the framework of the ear is modified to correct the problem. This may require creating or increasing the antihelical fold (just inside the rim of the ear) and reducing the enlarged conchal cartilage (the largest and deepest concavity of the external ear). Permanent sutures are placed internally to securely hold the newly shaped cartilage in place. The incisions are closed and a compressive dressing is applied.


You will be advised to rest with your head elevated and to apply cold compresses to minimize swelling. You need to protect your ears and may be advised to use headbands to hold the ears back for approximately a month after surgery. Stitches are generally removed after 7 days.

With the ear permanently positioned closer to the head, surgical scars are well hidden behind the ear.

Possible risks

Otoplastyis a surgical procedure and has some potential problems associated with it. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications.
The potential risks include:
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Asymmetry
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Skin contour irregularities
  • Skin discoloration/swelling
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Allergies to tape, suture materials, topical preparations or injected agents.
  • Possibility of revision surgery.