HOME | Otoplasty


It is a surgical procedure that changes size, shape or position of the ear. This surgical reshaping of outer ear aims at improving appearance or correcting deformity.


The pinna or outer ear plays a minor role in hearing. When the angle of the outer ear is more than 35 degrees they appear to stick out. Having a prominent ear sometimes leads to embarrassment and affects self-confidence. This type of deformity is known as bat ears.

There are various reasons why a person has protruding ears:

  •  When pinna has too much cartilage also called as overdevelopment of cartilage, then there are chances of having a prominent ear.
  •  Having an injury to the ears can also lead to prominent ears.
  •  During underdevelopment of cartilage, the top of the ear does not fold properly leading to ear sticking outward instead.


There are three main types of Otoplasty:

  •  Ear Reduction: The large ears are called macrotia, the ear reduction reduces the pinna when they are too big.
  •  Ear Augmentation: This type is done when the pinna is underdeveloped or non-existent.
  •  Otopexy: When a person has flattened ears.


During the surgery, intravenous sedation is supplemented with local anaesthesia or a nerve block is given. But in children, general anaesthesia is used. Behind the ear, an incision is made. And then excess cartilage and skin are being removed. After that, the ear is folded into a proper position and giving a proper shape. The surgery almost last for one to two hours.

Behind the ear, there be a thin scar that fades with time and is not noticeable. Even though this surgery has very fewer complications but infection, bleeding, recurrence and suture complications can occur. These minor complications get cured with time and the queries can be discussed with surgeon before the surgery.


The ear is covered with bandages after the surgery for protection and support. Your doctor would prescribe you with pain medications to avoid discomfort and pain.

You might be recommended to keep the pressure off the ears and avoid sleeping at the side where surgery is being done. Your bandages would be removed a few days after the surgery. The ears might look swollen and red but that goes with time. To keep your ear pulling from forward you might be asked to cover it with the loose headband at night for about two to six weeks.

The changes in the ear are permanent and can be seen weeks after the surgery.


To undergo Otoplasty, you might like to connect with a surgeon who has experience. In Amritsar, Dr. Harkirandeep Singh is the best surgeon for Otoplasty with an experience of 6 years. Visit him for a safe and successful procedure with high satisfaction rates.