Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves changing the shape, size, or position of the ears. This type of surgery is commonly performed on children and adults who are unhappy with the appearance of their ears. Otoplasty can correct a variety of ear deformities, including protruding ears, large ear lobes, and asymmetrical ears.
During the otoplasty procedure, the surgeon typically makes an incision behind the ear to expose the cartilage. The cartilage is then reshaped, folded, or removed as needed to create a more natural-looking ear shape. The incision is closed with sutures, and the patient is typically able to return home the same day.
Recovery from otoplasty typically takes a few weeks. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activity and to wear a protective bandage over the ears for several days. Pain and discomfort can be managed with medication. The final results of otoplasty may take several months to fully develop, but most patients are pleased with the outcome of the procedure. Overall, otoplasty can be a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of the ears and boost self-confidence.