OtoplastiaOtoplasty is a technique used to reshape the cartilage of the ear (helix, antihelix and concha) and correct deformities known as "bat" or "jug" ears and cup-shaped ears. This technique can be performed in patients over the age of five who have no contraindications to surgery. This technique enables patients to correct said cosmetic deformity and achieve a more desirable appearance.

How is the technique performed?

This intervention is performed under local anaesthetic, with sedation if necessary. It takes one to one-and-a-half hours and is performed as an outpatient procedure with no need for admission, except in the case of children who have received sedation.

There are two techniques for carrying out the intervention:

  • Cartilage resection, indicated when there is significant protrusion of the helix and concha (ears sticking out).
  • Cartilage weakening and suture, indicated when cartilage is very thick and stiff.

Other abnormalities and deformities are corrected by a variety of different reconstructive surgery techniques.

What results can be expected?

Following the intervention, the helical and anti-helical folds remain unaltered and the ear protrusion has been properly corrected by decreasing the angle between the ear and head (should be approximately 30 degrees).

Thanks to a carefully-executed technique, there are no visible scars as incisions are made behind the ears. Hearing is not affected in any way.

Postoperative care

After the intervention, daily wound care is required and an elastic band must be worn to prevent stress on the scar.

It is important not to use earphones that exert pressure or wear heavy earrings following the intervention.