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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Ear surgery – Otoplasty

Ear surgery, also called otoplasty can be performed on patients of all ages.  It is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. The problem can be done in one or both ears, but even when it is only in one ear, surgery is usually performed on both ears for a better balance. It is often performed on children after the age of four; however, many adults opt to rectify life-long concerns. Patients in their 20s or 30s also may opt to have ear surgery to improve their inherited traits and self-image. Older patients might also have otoplasty since the ear and the earlobe can get bigger with age. An ear surgery can be designed according to the problem.

Incisions and technique

The technique will depend on the individual case. The incision is usually performed behind the ear. It will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade away with time. Stitches are usually dissolved in about a week. Normal surgery time is between forty minutes to an hour and usually with local anesthesia with sedation or general and on an outpatient basis.

Recovery period

There is usually no pain, just some temporary discomfort, swelling or bruising.


A head band or cap that covers the ears should be worn on the first week to avoid trauma, especially when sleeping. Any activity in which the ear might be bent should be avoided for a month or so. Back to school or work is possible after a week. Exercising after about three weeks. Bruising and swelling may take several weeks to disappear.