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What is ear reshaping (otoplasty)?

Ear Reshaping (Otoplasty)

Ear reshaping, or otoplasty, is surgery to correct misshapen or deformed ears. Ear reshaping is a type of plastic surgery on the outer ear. Doctors may recommend otoplasty for medical reasons, such as the repair of ear abnormalities from birth defects or injuries. Some people seek otoplasty for cosmetic reasons to change the size or shape of their ears.

Ear reshaping is a common but major surgery with risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options. Consider getting a second opinion about all your cosmetic or treatment choices before having ear reshaping.

Other procedures that may be performed

Your doctor may perform other procedures in addition to ear reshaping to enhance the appearance of your ears. For example, your doctor may recommend ear pinning surgery, another type of otoplasty, if you feel your ears stick out too far.

Medical Reviewers: Daphne E. Hemmings, MD, MPH Last Review Date: Jul 12, 2013

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