Otoplasty (Ear Reshaping Surgery)

Correction of Protruding Ears

The usual reason for reconstructive ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is that there is a congenital prominence of the ear. This may be because of a failure to develop a normal fold in the ear, or because of an excessive height of the back wall of the cartilage that supports the ear.

Usually this bothers children or their parents enough to seek the consultation of a plastic surgeon. Sometimes however people wait until they are adults. It is never too late to correct this abnormality, and the change is often quite dramatic, and provides relief from years of distress.

The ear shape is changed by altering the underlying cartilage framework. Dr. Green uses a combination of techniques as necessary, and will explain what he thinks is best for your particular situation at the time of the consultation. The operation is usually done under local or general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Protective dressings are applied postoperatively, wrapping the entire head in bandages to protect the surgery in the early postoperative period. Afterwards protection can be limited to nighttime, with a headband as necessary.

This operation is well-established and has provided great relief for many patients, with minimal risk.