Repositions prominent ears to a position closer to the head

What is it?

Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is performed primarily to reposition prominent ears to a position closer to the head. This corrective surgery is extremely popular with adults and children alike. In children, it can be done from 5 years of age, since at this age the ears have reached full growth.

When the patient is a child, it is suggested to use general anesthesia so that the procedure is not traumatic and painful. In the case of adult patients, it is different, since local anesthesia combined with sedation can be used, so that the patient is awake and pain-free, but relaxed during surgery.

The surgery is performed through an incision in the back of the ear in order to expose it, skin is removed and the cartilage is modified and folded, or removed until it is close to the head, also using permanent sutures to preserve the new desired position. A discreet scar will usually remain behind the ear. The duration is approximately two hours.


Ideal candidates for otoplasty are individuals with large or prominent ears, enlarged earlobes, droopy ears (tips that fold down and protrude forward), cauliflower ears, and ears that are different from one another, and other problems that affect the appearance of the ears.

Children over the age of five and most adults in good health may be eligible for otoplasty; however, there are some necessary requirements for the intervention to be approved for that person.


Otoplasty is considered an outpatient operation, so patients can return home the same day of the operation with only a bandage, which must cover the ears. The patient will experience moderate pain that will be controlled through analgesics.

You will be able to return to your normal activities after 3 days and you must go to the clinic after 7 days to remove the bandage and heal. You will wear a ballet flat or headband for 2 weeks for mild compression to prevent complications.


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