Otoplasty is surgery designed to pin the ears closer to the head or lessen the appearance of larger than average ears. It is most commonly performed on children and teens. However, many young adults seek otoplasty to improve their appearance.
Monitored anesthesia with intravenous sedation and local anesthesia is administered by the anesthetist.
After the surgery, patients are typically required to wear a head dressing. This helps to reduce swelling and protect the ears as they heal. After three to six days, the dressing is removed and replaced with a sweat band. Stitches are usually removed about seven to 10 days after surgery.