Otoplasty is a surgical procedure for correcting the deformities or defects of the external ear and for reconstructing ears that are defective, deformed, or absent as a result of congenital conditions or trauma. The otoplastic surgeon corrects the defect or deformity by creating an external ear that is of natural proportions, contour, and appearance. This is usually achieved by reshaping, moving, and augmenting the cartilage in the ear.
This patient was born with prominent and uneven ears. He was teased frequently at school. For his procedure, the excess cartilage was removed. A natural looking antihelical fold was then created, and the ears were set back closer to the head, giving him a natural look. He and his family are very pleased with the results.
This patient was born with one normal ear and one ‘lop’ ear. She also had been teased extensively, and had gone to great lengths to carefully keep the ear covered by her hair at all times. During her procedure the excess cartilage was removed and an antihelical fold was created to set the ear back against her head. The ear is now a little small, but normal looking, and she has the confidence to wear her hair pulled back.