What is Otoplasty?
Oto stands for ear and Plasty stands for moulding/surgical repair.
This cosmetic ear surgery is performed to reshape, reconstruct, or replace a deformed, defective or missing external ear (pinna).
Cosmetic otoplasty: The ear pinning surgery or otopexy where a large ear or extruding ears are “pinned” back towards the patient’s head.
Reconstructive otoplasty: A surgery to develop the outer ear after injury or ear augmentation to correct severe congenital defects of the ear like Microtia or Anotia. Other congenital defects of the ear such as Cagot Ear, Cat’s Ear, Scroll Ear, Lop-Ear and Wildermuth’s Ear can also be corrected.
Otoplasty can be carried out after the ears have reached their standard size which is usually after the age of 5 years old.
With adults, it is important to know that the ear is fully developed, and will not remould after surgery as easily as the softer cartilage which children have.