Otoplasty is a surgical procedure to pin back protruding ears. If you've been told your ears stick out too much, otoplasty may be the right procedure for you.
Our ears are shaped like the letter D (a semicircle) by default. Other reasons for otoplasty can include earlobes that are too large or large lop ears. If your baby was born with prominent ears or other ear-shape problems, splinting may prevent further issues if started immediately after birth.
When do I need otoplasty?
You might consider otoplasty if:
Your ear or ears stick out too far from your head
Your ears are large in proportion to your head
You're dissatisfied with a previous ear surgery
Otoplasty is typically done on both ears to optimize symmetry.
Otoplasty won't change the location of your ears or alter your ability to hear.
How it Works?
There are several otoplasty techniques. Which one your surgeon uses is based on what correction is needed.
The specific technique will determine where the incision is made and the resulting scars.
During this procedure, your surgeon may make incisions on the backs of your ears or within the inner creases. Next, they will remove excess cartilage and skin.
The surgeon will then fold the cartilage into place and secure it with internal stitches. Finally, additional stitches are used to close the incisions created during the surgery.