Is Otoplasty Right for You?

Woman pointing to her cheekOtoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery done to change the position, size, or shape of the outer ears to improve their appearance. Also called cosmetic ear surgery, this procedure involves spinning back the ears for a better appearance or as reconstructive surgery after an accident or to fix a congenital deformity.

Why Consider Having an Otoplasty?

A plastic surgeon from explains some of the most common reasons people consider having an otoplasty are the following:

  • One or both ears noticeably stick out from the head.
  • Your ears are too big for your head.
  • The results of your previous otoplasty have left you dissatisfied.
  • Your ears got disfigured due to an accident or injury.

What is Recovery Like?

To protect the ears, they will be covered with bandages right after the surgery. It’s normal to feel some discomfort and pain, but taking approved medications will help manage the pain. You should avoid putting pressure on the surgery site by avoiding sleeping on your side and wearing button-down shirts.

You’ll need to see your doctor a few days after your surgery for the removal of the bandages. At this point, your ears will still be red and swollen. To avoid pulling your ears at night while you sleep, wear a loose-fitting headband for about two to six weeks.

Possible Risks and Complications

Otoplasty is relatively safe. But just like any other surgical procedures, it also poses some risks and complications such as the following.

  • Bleeding,
  • Infection,
  • Scarring,
  • Suture complications,
  • Ear placement asymmetry,
  • Overcorrection, and
  • Temporary changes in skin sensation.

Otoplasty can be done at any age as long as the ears have reached their full size, which usually happens by age 5. Ear surgery will not alter the function or location of your ears. So if you’re not happy with the appearance of your ears, otoplasty might be exactly what you need.