Otoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct disproportionately large or prominent ears, making them closer to the head. This procedure is performed on children and adults.
During the procedure, the surgeon creates or restores the center fold of the ears, allowing the ears to lay closer to the head.
This procedure is done under general or local anesthesia and is performed as an outpatient surgery. The surgery usually takes about three hours. There may be some soreness or discomfort that is easily controlled with medication.
Most patients can return to work in a week to ten days. Afterwards, the patient is seen with ears that lie closer to the head with a more natural appearance.