Otoplasty, commonly known as corrective ear surgery, is rerformed through a strategically located incision in the groove behind the ear, with the intention to reposition the ears closer to the head and recreate the cartilaginous folds. The rotation of the ear can be performed by removing a piece of cartilage from the auricular shell (concave part adjacent to the ear canal) or simply by using sutures. The folds are usually created through the weakening of the cartilage and molding with sutures to ensure the healing of the tissues in the correct position.


Anesthesia may be general or intravenous sedation in combination with local anesthesia in the area being treated.

Surgery Duration

The surgical procedure takes place over an average period of 90-120 minutes (bilateral) or 60 minutes (unilateral). If necessary, this period may be extended. However, the surgical procedure time should not be confused with the amount of time the patient will be in the operating room. That amount of time will also include the administering of anesthesia and postoperative recovery.

Hospitalization Period

Under normal circumstances, the hospitalization period is approximately a few hours, up to 1 day.

Postoperative Care

Following the surgery, a gauze dressing is wrapped around the head like a helmet and should be worn for approximately 3-5 days. After that is removed, the patient should wear a bandage over the ears for 2-4 weeks. For children in particular, the ear is protected for the first few days following surgery with an elastic bandage in order to avoid trauma to the area. Sleep on your backside (face up) with your head elevated for 2 weeks following surgery. Avoid strenuous activity and exercise for 1 month following surgery.