Otoplasty: Ear surgery

Cosmetic surgery of the ears · Otoplasty

Otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery of the ears. It is the correction of the calls? Protruding ears?. Usually performed under local anesthesia in adolescents and adults, in children is performed under general anesthesia.

The procedure usually takes about one hour. The bandages are removed within 24 hours, depending a little on the work or activity performed by the patient, but no more than three days. the results are excellent and the patients recover self-esteem and significantly improves the esthetic and facial harmony.

What is otoplasty?

It is a cosmetic surgery of the ears. It is one of the few interventions being carried out in adolescents and adults, and it can solve this problem with a simple aesthetic intervention with correcting the alteration in the position and shape of the ears.


In adults and children over 10 years using local anesthesia, combined as appropriate with sedation so the patient is relaxed. In young children it is done with anesthesia. Overall it is almost impossible to remain still for the duration of the surgery.


Otoplasty (ear surgery) is performed through a small incision in the anterior of the ear to loosen the cartilage of the skin , mold and to obtain a proper folding, then an incision is made in the back part, removing the left over skin that can overrun and also the cartilage of the shell is removed which gives us a closer ear to the head. The sutures are located behind the ear and will be almost invisible.

Duration of intervention

About an hour.


Given that the dressing is removed at 24 hours, depending somewhat on the type of work or activity performed by the patient, but at most it is removed in 3 days.

What risks are assumed?

There are a few risks associated with otoplasty, which include:

  • Bruising: That is the accumulation of blood in general between the skin and cartilage in which case it is necessary to evacuate it by a minimal incision.
  • Infection: Is very rare but can be avoided by preventive antibiotics.
  • Scars Keloids: They are very rare and depend on the genetic predisposition of the patient, especially when performing excess skin removal. They’re difficult to treat, but get better with medical treatment.
  • Changes in sensitivity: Varies in extent and duration in time, but usually ends wiith recovery, but it is advisable to protect ears from cold and hot hair dryers.

Frequent questions asked regarding Ear Surgery

Can very young children be operated?

It is advisable to wait to achieve a proper quality cartilage , since before they are 4 years old their ears are very fragile making it difficult to get a proper plication of the auricular pavilion and the results could be less stable. But it is advisable operated before school age to avoid mockery from peers, which can produce complex integration problems in children.

Are the elderly people operated?

Although the cartilage is less elastic, with some variations techniques can achieve good results.

 Can I wear glasses after surgery?

It is recommended not to use them until you have the stiches removed about 14 days, to avoid putting weight on the ears

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