Who Can Benefit From Ear Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery on your ears, also known as otoplasty, can be used to create a more satisfying look for those who are unsatisfied with the appearance of their ears. Common circumstances include:

  • Ears that are damaged, whether since birth or from injury
  • Ears that protrude away from the head (or “stick out”)
  • Earlobes perceived as too large
  • Ear tips that fold downward
  • Missing ear features, such as folds


An illustration of a young man's ear before and after otoplasty or plastic surgery of the ear


What Is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty reshapes your pinna, or outer ear. A miniature incision is made behind your ear, and the cartilage inside is removed, stitched, folded, or reshaped to achieve your desired look. The incision is then stitched closed.


What Are the Risks Associated With Otoplasty?

Most patients are satisfied with otoplasty. There are some risks, however, such as infection, aches, and swelling, so pain medications and antibiotics will be provided.

If you experience any of the following, contact your doctor immediately:

  • Fever
  • Severe bleeding and swelling
  • Trauma at the surgical site


What Aftercare Is Required for Ear Plastic Surgery?

You will need time to recover from this procedure. You’ll also need to do the following:

  • Wear a bandage for a week to protect your ears from infection.
  • Avoid exposing your head to water for a week.
  • While sleeping, cover your head with a headband to further protect the ears.
  • Avoid swimming for eight weeks.
  • During the recovery period, avoid sports or activities in which the ears could be damaged.

For the first three days after the operation, your ears will be sore, numb, or tingly. Pain relievers such as Aspirin should not be given to children under the age of 16.

Contact us today for more details or to schedule otoplasty.

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