Otoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery involving the ears. It entails cosmetically adjusting the size, positioning, or shape of the ears. An Otoplasty is typically performed on ears that protrude from the head, are larger or smaller than normal, or have an abnormal shape due to injury, trauma, or a structural issue from birth. Otoplasty is a permanent solution to improve the appearance of your ears and give your self-confidence a boost.
During the procedure, Dr. Rawnsley will make an incision, either on the back of the ear or inside the folds to manipulate the tissue of the ear, which can include removal of cartilage or skin. It may also include folding and shaping of the cartilage with stitches or grafting of cartilage to the ear. It can take several hours to complete the surgery.
The different types of otoplasty include the following:
Any type of otoplasty does not impact or improve your ability to hear sounds. It is cosmetic and concerns the outside structure of the ear.
After otoplasty, you will have a dressing placed over your ears to aid in healing. Keep the dressing clean and dry. During recovery you should avoid touching your ears. Sleep on your back and avoid resting or putting pressure on your ears and choose clothing that does not pull over your head.