Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure, can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. Although otoplasty does not affect hearing, it can provide psychological benefits to those who have been teased about the size or shape of their ears, have had a serious ear injury, or simply want to improve their appearance. Ears are almost fully grown by age between four or five, and early surgery can prevent a child from being teased in school. Otoplasty can be done in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility.


The otoplasty procedure begins with a small incision made behind the ear, in the natural crease where the ear meets the head. The cartilage is then sculpted and bent into its new position to achieve the desired appearance.

General anesthesia is recommended for very young patients, local anesthesia may be used for older children and adults. The operation of both ears takes an average hour. Patients undergoing local anesthesia are discharged on the same day. Those with general anesthesia are kept under observation in hospital environment one day. A few days after the otoplasty procedure, the bandages around your head will be replaced with a surgical dressing that should be worn for about one week. The stitches will be removed within one week.

After Surgery

You should avoid sleeping on your affected ear for the first two weeks after surgery. After about one week following otoplasty, children may return to school, and adults may return to work and resume normal daily activities.