Otoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic in children, whilst adults can have the procedure under general or local anaesthetic. Otoplasty requires only day surgery.
The procedure entails the surgeon making an incision behind the ear. The ear cartilage is then weakened and folded into an aesthetically pleasing position. This position is maintained with internal sutures. The surgeon may remove excess cartilage and/or skin. After surgery, a head dressing is applied for one week. Upon removal of the dressing, a head band is worn at night for a further 4-6 weeks to allow the ears to maintain their new shape. Swelling and discolouration will subside in a few weeks, whilst scarring is minimal.