Question: Can you explain the difference between an incisionless ear surgery and open ear surgery?
Answer: An incisionless otoplasty is a technique which involves very minimal incisions in the ear to reshape the cartilage of the ear and change the shape of the ear. The traditional otoplasty involves an incision along the back of the ear. It is very important to note that the traditional incision at the back of the ear yields very good results and opening up the cartilage allows you a very good access to see certain deformities which may not be invisible with the minimal or the incisionless technique. The incisionless technique is very good for cases where the deformity is not too severe and provides a very good result. However, for a more complex deformity, an incision at the back of the ear may need to be done. This incision is closed in a way that it is not very visible and also the location at the back of the ear allows the incision to be hidden by the tissues of the ear itself when the ear is healed.