Otoplasty (Ear Corrective Surgery)


Ears exhibit a wide range of shapes, sizes, and positions on the head. Nevertheless, some adults who have generally typical ears may perceive them as distinguishing features. The most frequent issue is often associated with what is known as prominent ears. To address this concern, individuals can explore the option of an Otoplasty, a plastic surgery procedure designed to correct and reshape the appearance of the ears.


Procedure Time:

1 hour

Return to Work:

2 - 3 days

Full Recovery:

3 - 6 months




What to expect

Here’s what you can expect when considering otoplasty:

  • Consultation: The process begins with a consultation with a consultant or ear specialist (otolaryngologist) who specializes in otoplasty. During this consultation, you can discuss your concerns about the appearance of your ears and your desired outcomes. The surgeon will evaluate your ear anatomy and medical history to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.
  • Surgical Procedure: Otoplasty is typically performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the correction needed and the patient’s preference. The specific technique used can vary, but it generally involves making incisions behind the ear to access and reshape the cartilage. The surgeon may remove or reposition excess cartilage, and then sutures are used to hold the ear in its new position. The incisions are usually well-hidden behind the ear.
  • Recovery: After the procedure, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the ear area. A bandage or headband is often placed over the ears to protect them and help maintain their new position during the initial healing period. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage any discomfort. Most patients can return to regular activities within a week or two, but strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks.
  • Results: The results of otoplasty become more apparent as swelling diminishes over the course of several weeks. The goal is to create a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance of the ears, with a reduced prominence or correction of any deformities. However, individual results can vary based on the patient’s specific anatomy and goals.
  • Risks and Complications: Like any surgical procedure, otoplasty carries some risks, including infection, scarring, asymmetry, changes in sensation, and dissatisfaction with the results. It’s essential to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon to minimize these risks.
  • Follow-up: You will have follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns or complications that may arise. Your surgeon will provide instructions for ear care and other post-operative care.
  • Long-Term Results: Otoplasty results are generally long-lasting, and once the ears have healed, the changes are typically permanent. However, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions for aftercare and avoid trauma to the ears, as this can affect the results.

It’s crucial to have a detailed discussion with your surgeon during the consultation to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what to expect from otoplasty, including potential risks and complications. Select a qualified and experienced surgeon who specializes in ear surgery to ensure a safe and successful outcome. Be sure to ask any questions you may have about the procedure, recovery, and expected results.