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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

The Quick Facts

Length of Procedure: 1 to 2 hours

Anesthesia: Local, with sedation for adults; general for children

In or Outpatient Procedure: Outpatient

About Ear Surgery

Ear Surgery, or Otoplasty, can change the shape, position, or size of ears. It is commonly performed to revise protruding or excessively large ears; this involves changing the framework of the ear cartilage – which modifies the way the skin drapes over it – and the overall appearance of the ear.*

Ear Surgery for Children

Ear Surgery can be performed on adults and children. Children should wait until the ear has reached near full development at around age 5 or 6. By revising the ears before a child enters school, potential psychological trauma can be avoided.*

Ear Surgery Procedure

Otoplasty is usually performed through a small incision hidden on the back of the ear, near the crease. Once the incision is made, the cartilage is reshaped and the ear set back closer to the head to create the desired look.* The scar is normally inconspicuous and well-hidden after it has healed.*

For additional information on Ear Surgery (Otoplasty), visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for this procedure.


* Disclaimer: Individual results may vary and specific results are not guaranteed.