What is Otoplasty? How does it work?
Otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery, is done to change the shape, size or position of the ear. This procedure is often performed when one’s ears are too protruding or are asymmetrical due to development issues, trauma or past surgeries. The main types of otoplasty are ear augmentation (for ears that are underdeveloped), otopexy (pinning back protruding ears) and ear reduction (reshaping and reducing the size of the ear).
Otoplasty can take up to three hours – the duration of the procedure varies with each individual case. Incisions are made based on the correction needed and can be made either on the back surface or within the inner creases of the ear. During the surgery, the shape of the ear is changed by trimming and removing extra cartilage and skin. Additionally, the cartilage may be reshaped using stitches only. Otoplasty does not affect one’s hearing abilities.Discharged from the clinic the same dayIt is important to mention that the surgery is performed under local anaesthesia, meaning that once the procedure is finished patients are discharged from the clinic the same day.