What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a procedure to realign, resize, or reshape the ears to achieve a more pleasing appearance.
The size of the ears and their position on either side of the face makes them a significant and highly noticeable feature. Sadly, some people’s ears project outward rather than aligning naturally with the shape of their head. Since the ears develop and grow quickly early in life, such abnormalities are often apparent even in children. This issue can often lead to teasing or bullying and can be a significant trigger for low self-esteem and poor self-confidence.
Otoplasty provides a simple, safe, and highly-effective remedy.
Who is an Otoplasty Suitable For?
An otoplasty can, in fact, be performed at any stage of life. However, it is most commonly used to enhance the appearance of the ears of children.
How is an Otoplasty Performed?
Dependent on the exact circumstances – and the age of the patient – an otoplasty may be performed under a local anesthetic. Typically, only a small incision is necessary – and this is made behind the ear. The cartilage of the ear can then be reshaped and repositioned by stitching it into place. Finally, the incision is closed and the area is cleaned before the end of surgery.
How Common Are Negative After-Effects?
Apart from localized bruising and some aching, after-effects are very rare. Scaring is minimal, and, because the incision is sited behind the ear, it is often invisible.