Back to Work: 1 week
Other Name: Ear Correction
Procedure Time: 1 hour
Recovery Time: 6 weeks

Let Your Body Talk


Back to Work: 1 week
Other Name: Ear Correction
Procedure Time: 1 hour
Recovery Time: 6 weeks

Let Your Body Talk

Otoplasty, also known as ear correction surgery, is the cosmetic procedure that is designed to change the appearance or defects of the ear (auricle).

Surgery can change the shape and / or size of the ears along with reducing how much they stick out, commonly referred to as pinning back.

The procedure, which can involve pinning the ears back to the head can be carried out at any age over the age of five.

Otoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure because defects often do not impact on the ear function or hearing. Therefore, those seeking to improve the way their ears look is a decision made purely for cosmetic reasons.

The ear is made up of three sections; inner, middle and external. Otoplasty only involves the external outer ear, also known as the pinna.

The pinna is made up of cartilage and skin, which during surgery can be altered or removed to a more desired position.

Otoplasty: At A Glance

Surgery Time:

1 hour

Hospital Stay:

Day case

Recovery Time:

6 weeks

Why Do People Have it?

There are a number of reasons why patients choose ear correction surgery.
Prominent, protruding or misshapen ears can be bothersome and cause stress and anxiety, especially if a person has been victim of bullying at some point in their life.
Often self confidence can be affected growing up if a person has had an issue with their ears since childhood.
Ears that stick out or look different can make people feel embarrassed and cause a number of psychological issues including low self esteem.
A persons behaviour and well-being can also be significantly impacted by defects of the ear, such as the hair styles people opt for, the clothes they wear, whether they socialise or their everyday appearance at work.

Some of the complaints people note when opting for otoplasty include:
- Their ears are too large.
- Their ears are too small.
- Their ears stick out too far.
- Their ears are not in proportion to their head.
- They are unhappy with previous surgery.

Who is Suitable?

Many patients with prominent ears feel self-conscious and would like to make their ears less noticeable. Many men often state they would prefer to wear a shorter hairstyle, and women typically would like to wear their hair pulled back, but neither do so because of their protruding ears. It is also quite common for parents to bring their child in for consultation and describe how he or she has been teased or bullied because of prominent ears.

Otoplasty (ear surgery) is a procedure designed to reduce the prominence of the ears with natural-looking results so patients feel more self-confident about the way they look. Patients often first present during the grade school years, but I continue to see patients well into their 40’s and 50’s. As long as general health is good, there are few contraindications to otoplasty; however, it is important for patients to have realistic expectations in order to be considered an ideal candidate.

During the initial consultation, patients will have the opportunity to express their specific concerns. The anatomy of the external ear is then evaluated, and measurements of the ears are taken. Photographs are also obtained, and an operative plan will be formulated based on each patient’s unique needs.

Ultimately, otoplasty is one of the procedures after which patients – especially children – report great satisfaction and improvement in their self-esteem. Additionally, discomfort is generally minimal, and recovery time is often relatively quick.

What to expect:


During your ear surgery consultation be prepared to discuss:
– Why you want the procedure, your expectations and desired outcome
– Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
– Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
– Previous surgeries

Your plastic surgeon will also:
– Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
– Take photographs for your medical record
– Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
– Discuss likely outcomes of ear surgery and any risks or potential complications

What are the risks?

Like other surgical procedures, otoplasty has some associated risks. These can include: – a bad reaction to the anesthesia
– bleeding
– infection
– ears that aren’t symmetrical or have unnatural-looking contours
– scarring at or around the incision sites
– changes in skin sensation, which are typically temporary
– suture extrusion, where the stitches securing the shape of your ears come to the surface of the skin and have to be removed and reapplied

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