Ear correction (otoplasty)
The ear correction (otoplasty) procedure
The operation for prominent ear correction takes approximately 90 minutes, and is usually carried out under local anaesthetic for adults. Children are usually given a general anaesthetic.
We usually make a small cut behind the ear, and use permanent stitches to manipulate the cartilage into the required position. Sometimes we may need to remove some of the cartilage. Any scarring is hidden in the natural crease where the ear meets the head.
After the operation you will have a head bandage applied. This should remain in place, day and night, for one week.
After the operation you will have a head bandage applied. This will not feel tight, and should remain in place, day and night, for one week. It is worth buying a sports headband before surgery, so you can wear it after your bandages come off. The headband should be a comfortable fit and not too tight.
Wash your hair the night before your operation, as you will be unable to for 7 to 10 days following the procedure.
- The ear correction (otoplasty) procedure
- Ear correction (otoplasty) after care
- Potential complications & risks of ear correction (otoplasty)