Otoplasty is a procedure designed to improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. Some of the ear abnormalities may already be present at birth and become more apparent with growth and development. Others ear deformities are caused by injury or acquired diseases. Among the common ear abnormalities include prominent ear, protruding ear, and ears with abnormal shape and size. Otoplasty creates a normal looking ear that exist in harmony with the face.
Most of the otoplasty procedures are performed as daycare procedure either under local or general anaesthesia. Patients usually are able to go home on the same day. During the surgery the ear cartilage is adjusted and sculptured to create a more aesthetically more pleasing appearance. The operation usually lasts about 1 to 2 hours. The incision site is lightly dressed and patient may be required to come back to remove the sutures after 5 to 7 days.