4. How is otoplasty performed?
Step One – Anesthesia
You will be administered one of the following for your otoplasty surgery:
- Intravenous sedation
- General Anesthesia
Step Two – The Incision
Cartilage Reshaping: Following anesthesia, the surgeon will make an incision behind the ear, exposing the ear cartilage so it can be reshaped. The incision will be placed in a discreet area and keep any scaring hidden.
Reshaping the cartilage must be done in a precise and delicate manner to enhance the proportion and symmetry of the ears. If the ears are oversized, cartilage and excess skin will be removed.
Ear Repositioning: After the cartilage has been reshaped, the surgeon will move the ears closer to the sides of the head if they are protruding too far from the head. Cartilage sparing and scoring techniques and skin removal from the back of the ear will be typically involved in this step.
Step Three – Closing the Incisions
Once the surgeon is happy with the reshaping and/or repositioning the ears, the incision will be closed using stitches. To avoid an unnatural pinned back appearance, the technique used to close incisions are individual to each surgeon.
Step Four – See the Results
After your surgery is complete, the results can be seen immediately, but it will take up to 8 weeks for the ears to fully set and heal. In the case of protruding ears, the results will be visible once the supportive dressings are removed. Scarring is minimal as the ear is permanently positioned closer to the head or hidden in the natural creases of the ear.