Otoplasty (Ear surgery)

What is Ear Reshaping Surgery/ Otoplasty?

It is a surgery that is used to correct ears that are sticking outward or with a flat anatomy, as well as reduce the size of the ear lobes if necessary. It is also used to enhance the shape of the ear lobes, including torn or damaged lobes.

Are You A Candidate for Ear Reshaping Surgery/Otoplasty?

Dr. Tamim will evaluate you and come up with the right treatment plan for you. Typically, flat ears or ears that are sticking outwards can be congenital or due to trauma, and both can benefit from this procedure. The surgery is most common done on school-aged children, around 6 years of age. If you have a damaged or torn ear lobe, this surgery may be right for you.

Surgical Technique

The surgery is done under general anesthesia in one of our operating rooms. The incision is done behind the ear, with no visible scarring. Dr. Tamim will alter the size of the cartilage of the ear and correct the angulation of the ear with a combination of different sutures, address the ear lobes if need be, and then place a compression bandage to prevent blood accumulating in the ear.

What to Expect

We will schedule your follow-up with Dr. Tamim at day 5-7, to remove the compression bandage and evaluate your or your child’s healing progress. Most patients are able to see immediate results and notice a difference at that time. For the first few days, patients will experience some swelling, bruising, and soreness. Patients should not lay on their ear and avoid touching it for the first couple of weeks. Detailed post-operative instructions will be provided to you to ensure proper healing.