An otoplasty is done on prominent ears in order to set them back closer to the head or to decrease the size of large ears. Surgery can be done on adults as well as children, although children should typically wait until age five or six when the ear is fully developed. In order to correct the ear prominence, the procedure involves working on the cartilage which gives structure to the ear.
An otoplasty is done under general anesthesia and usually takes 1-2 hours. The incision is made behind the ear and is inconspicuous once healed. Following surgery, a head wrap is worn to protect the ears. Once the wrap is removed in the office, patients are often asked to wear a headband for several weeks to maintain the new ear position and prevent injury, particularly when sleeping.