Prominent or asymmetric ears are often a source of childhood teasing or personal dissatisfaction. Otoplasty can be performed to either “pin” back the prominent ear or improve the contour of misshapen ears.
- Overly large ears
- Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides
- Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
- “Lop Ear,” “cupped ear,” and “shell ear”
- Large or stretched earlobes
- Lobes with creases and wrinkles.
Otoplasty is requires about one hour in the operating room. A small incision is hidden on the back side of the ear. Sutures are used to reshape the cartilage of the ear and to set back the prominent ear closed to the head. This achieves a more aesthetically pleasing shape. Dissolving sutures are used to close the incision and no suture removal is required following surgery.