Question: I’ve heard about otoplasty procedures in the past but wasn’t exactly sure what they entail. What type of ear problems does otoplasty surgery fix?
Answer: Otoplasty or reshaping the ear can be used to change the shape of the ear, the contours of the ear cartilage, or the position of the ear in relation to the head. What this means is that if a patient has ears that are sticking out, surgery can make these ears closer to the head. Also if the ear appears abnormal, large or are a different size from one compared the other, the ear can be resized to create a more favorable appearance. This can be done with a series of incisions which are usually hidden behind the ear. Also there is a surgery available called an “incisionless” otoplasty where contours are reshaped using extremely small incisions. Another area that otoplasty is very good in fixing is the large, lower part of the ear or labia which is the very bottom of the ear where quite often individuals wear earrings.