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What is otoplasty or Ear Surgery?

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to correct the appearance of protruding or misshapen ears. It is also known as ear pinning or ear reshaping surgery. Otoplasty can be performed on children as young as 5 years old, as well as adults.

People choose to undergo ear surgery for a variety of reasons related to the appearance of their ears. The most common reason is protruding ears, which can create self-consciousness and affect one's confidence. Ear surgery can also address misshapen ears, such as those with a cupped or cauliflower appearance, and create a more symmetrical appearance. In some cases, people may have large earlobes that are disproportionate to the rest of the ear or face. Ultimately, the decision to undergo ear surgery is a personal one and should be made after careful consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon.

What Otoplasty Surgery Can Treat?

Otoplasty surgery can treat the cosmetic concerns related to the appearance of the ears.

Protruding ears: Otoplasty can address ears that stick out too far from the head, creating a more natural-looking ear shape.

Misshapen ears: Ear surgery can correct ear deformities such as cupped ears, shell ears, or cauliflower ears, and create a more symmetrical appearance.

Large earlobes: Otoplasty can reduce the size of large earlobes that may be disproportionate to the rest of the ear or face.

Asymmetrical ears: Ear surgery can address ears that are noticeably different in shape or size.

Ear injuries: Ear surgery can also repair and reconstruct the ear after trauma or injury, such as torn or stretched earlobes.

Overall, otoplasty surgery can be used to improve the appearance of the ears and create a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing facial profile.

What are the Benefits of Otoplasty Surgery?

There are several benefits to otoplasty surgery, including:

Improved appearance: Otoplasty can correct cosmetic concerns related to the appearance of the ears. Some of them are protruding ears, misshapen ears, or asymmetry that creates more aesthetically pleasing ear shape and overall facial profile.

Increased self-confidence: Correcting aesthetic concerns related to the ears can improve a person's self-image and self-esteem. That leads to a more positive outlook and increased confidence in social and professional settings.

Better proportionality: Otoplasty can create more balanced and proportionate facial features. Especially in cases where the ears are noticeably disproportionate to the rest of the face.

Permanent results: Otoplasty surgery provides long-lasting results that can be enjoyed for years to come. Making it a worthwhile investment for those looking to improve the appearance of their ears.

Minimal scarring: The incisions made during otoplasty surgery are typically hidden behind the ears or within the natural creases of the ear. That results in minimal scarring that is not easily visible.

Overall, the benefits of ear surgery can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life, confidence, and overall well-being. You must discuss the benefits and risks with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if it is the right option for you.

Candidates for Otoplasty Surgery

The ideal candidates for otoplasty surgery include individuals who:

  • Are in good overall health: As with any surgical procedure, the candidates to be in good physical health and not have any serious medical conditions that could complicate the recovery process.
  • Have fully developed ears: Ear surgery is typically performed on individuals who have reached their full ear development, like kids around 5-6 years of age and adults. 
  • Have realistic expectations: Candidates should have a clear understanding of what ear surgery can and must have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure.
  • Have specific cosmetic concerns related to the ears: Candidates should have specific cosmetic concerns related to the appearance of their ears, such as protruding ears, misshapen ears, or asymmetry, that can be corrected with otoplasty surgery.
  • Must have a positive attitude: Candidates should have a positive attitude towards the surgery and recovery process. They are willing to follow all pre- and post-operative instructions provided by their surgeon.

Procedure of Otoplasty Surgery 

Ear surgery, also known as ear pinning surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the ears. The specific technique used may vary depending on the individual's concerns and the surgeon's approach, but the general steps of the procedure are as follows:

Ear surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The anesthesia choice will depend on the patient's preference and Dr. Shobhit Gupta's recommendation.

Dr. Shobhit Gupta will make a little incision behind the ear, in the natural crease where the ear meets the head. In some cases, additional incisions may be made on the front of the ear or within the ear canal.

The surgeon will reshape the cartilage of the ear to create a more aesthetically pleasing shape. This may involve removing excess cartilage, folding and suturing the cartilage to create a more natural curve, or adding cartilage grafts to increase the size or shape of the ear.

Once the cartilage has been reshaped, the incisions will be closed with sutures. In some cases, a small drain may be placed to remove excess fluid or blood.

A dressing will be placed around the head to protect the ears and hold them in place during the initial healing period.

The entire procedure typically takes 1-2 hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the case. Patients can typically go home the same day as the surgery, but will need to have a friend or family member drive them home and provide support during the initial recovery period.

Following otoplasty surgery, patients will need to follow all post-operative instructions provided by their surgeon, including taking pain medication, avoiding strenuous activity, and keeping the head elevated to reduce swelling. Most patients can return to normal activities within 1-2 weeks, but should avoid contact sports or other activities that could damage the ears for several weeks to ensure proper healing.

Cost of Otoplasty Surgery

The cost of otoplasty surgery in India can vary depending on several factors such as the experience of the surgeon, the location of the clinic/hospital, the type of anesthesia used, the extent of the surgery, and the post-operative care required.

On average, the cost of otoplasty surgery in India can range from INR 50,000 to INR 1,50,000 or more. However, this is only an estimate and the final cost may vary depending on the specific case and the surgeon's fees.

Dr. Shobhit Gupta is a board-certified, qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who has a proven track record of performing successful otoplasty surgeries. Dr. Shobhit Gupta is known for his surgical expertise and techniques that help people achieve natural-looking results.