For some men, overly large ears or ears that protrude cause embarrassment or self-consciousness.  If this describes you, you may want to consider an otoplasty— also known as cosmetic ear surgery, a procedure to change the shape, position, or size of the ears.

What Is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is sometimes called ear surgery or ear ‘pinning’. During this procedure, the ears can be reduced and brought closer to the head. It can also be used to correct deformities or injuries that affect the ears. Often, it results in a high satisfaction rate once the ears are brought into better harmony with the rest of the face.

You might consider otoplasty if:

  • Your ear or ears stick out too far from your head
  • Your ears are large in proportion to your head
  • You’re dissatisfied with a previous ear surgery

Otoplasty is typically done on both ears to optimize symmetry.

Men who benefit most from ear surgery are those who are self-conscious about their ears and are able to undergo surgery. Dr. Tantawi will discuss your health history and determine the right surgical plan for your goals and anatomy. It’s important that your ears be no longer developing or changing so that you can enjoy your results for the long term.

Dr. Tantawi would be happy to sit down with you to discuss if otoplasty is right for you. Schedule your consultation today.

Otoplasty FAQs

Who is a good candidate for otoplasty?

Healthy individuals looking to improve the appearance of large, prominent, or misshapen ears may be good candidates for otoplasty. The procedure can be performed as early as age four, which can help to lessen the psychological and emotional discomfort that children may otherwise endure. Otoplasty is also performed on adults.

What anesthesia is used for otoplasty?

Dr. Tantawi performs otoplasty with local anesthesia and sedation.

How is the otoplasty procedure performed?

There are different techniques for otoplasty depending on the particular problem. Incisions are typically located in the back of the ear. The cartilage may be sculpted and the ear bent back toward the head, sometimes with the use of non-removable stitches to hold the new shape. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove a piece of cartilage in order to create a more natural-looking fold.

How long does the otoplasty procedure take to perform?

Otoplasty usually takes one to two hours to perform.

Where are the incisions made for otoplasty?

The incisions for otoplasty are often hidden ones located behind the ear.

Will I have scars after undergoing Otoplasty?

Though the incisions made for otoplasty do result in scars, they are hidden as they are usually located behind the ears.

Will I experience any pain after undergoing otoplasty?

Some throbbing or aching of the ears may occur during the first few days. This can be managed with medication.

What can I expect the recovery to be like after my otoplasty procedure?

Patients can expect a recovery time of about one week after otoplasty.

When will I be able to return to work after my otoplasty surgery?

Patients can usually return to work or school within five to seven days.

When will I be able to exercise after my otoplasty procedure?

Strenuous activities and contact sports may need to be postponed for about one to two months.

When are the stitches removed after the otoplasty procedure?

The stitches are removed in about one week after otoplasty. Absorbable sutures will dissolve on their own.

What are the risks of otoplasty?

As with all types of surgery, there are potential risks associated with otoplasty and these may include adverse anesthesia reactions, blood clot, excessive scarring, infection, mismatched or artificial-looking ears, and recurrence of the protrusion.

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