The ears are generally 2 centimeters from the side of the head, however a larger variation or deformity in shape can cause patients to seek out corrective surgery. There are two types of surgery that can be used to correct ear shaping: Otoplasty and Incisionless Surgery. During a consultation, your surgeon will discuss both options with you and will recommend the best option to meet your goals.
A local anesthetic will be used during your surgical procedure. For children, a general anesthetic is used. An incision is made behind the ear and stitches will be placed to reshape the ear. In certain cases, the removal of cartilage may be necessary. The incision may leave a very fine scar that is hidden behind the ears and will fade over time.
Certain cases do not require an incision to be made, instead a needle will be placed in the ear to soften the cartilage, allowing it to become more flexible. Stitches will be used to reshape the ear and lessen the prominence of them from the head. With no incisions made, this procedure tends to have a faster healing and recovery time.
Bruising, soreness, and swelling are all common post-surgery. Your surgeon will outline the time associated with healing. Protective head bands to cover the ears will be used when you are sleeping.