Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon




Otoplasty is the surgical procedure used to modify the appearance of the external ear, especially the protruding ear. It is often performed on children in the preschool years. Adults can also benefit from changing the shape and contour of the external ear. Defects of the ear, such as 'cauliflower ear,' and repair of injury can also be part of the otoplasty procedure.


The incision for otoplasty is in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. Portions of the cartilage are repositioned and may be removed. Permanent sutures may be used to maintain the new position. The skin behind the ear is sutured, and a soft dressing secures and protects the ears in their new position for several days. The skin sutures are removed within a few days.