Many children and adults are unhappy and embarrassed about the size, shape, or the protrusion of their ears. Prominent or misshaped ears can draw unwanted attention and affect a young person’s social interactions.
The most common ear deformity is the absence of a prominent fold in the cartilage. The loss of this fold in the cartilage makes the top of the ear look malformed and causes the ear to protrude away from the side of the head too far. Most otoplasty procedures are aimed at re-creating this fold using a combination of permanent sutures and removal of excess skin. The incisions are placed behind the ear and are usually invisible once fully healed.
This procedure can be performed in the office under local anesthesia or in an accredited surgery center with sedation given by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Otoplasty can be performed on adults and children at least 6 years old.
Most patients can resume normal activity within two weeks.